NS6302: Climate Change


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NS6302: Climate Change

Module Title Climate Change
Module Code NS6302
Module Tutor Frank Chambers
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

Climate change lies at the forefront of public awareness of science, but its meaning is often misunderstood or misapplied. Studies of past climate change are inter-disciplinary. This module aims to provide a rigorous background to the current and widespread concerns over "global warming" by examining past climates, so as to place the concerns and future-climate scenarios in a longer-term context.

Indicative Syllabus

Extrinsic and intrinsic forcing factors on climate

Magnitude, rate and direction of past and future climate shifts

Contextualising contemporary and recent observations of climate change

Climate models: construction, use and validation

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Show a scholarly appreciation of the importance of past climatic change in underpinning the scientific debate on future climate change

2. Have gained and consolidated a scientific and philosophical underpinning of 'uncertainty' in the context of climate change

3. Demonstrate a critical academic awareness and comprehension of natural climate oscillations as the background to climate models that incorporate anthropogenic forcing

4. Have developed an informed scholarly position in relation to the current concerns over climate change


5. Review critically and consolidate lines of evidence from up-to-date research papers in a coherent and cogent form

6. Have enhanced their critical and lateral thinking skills

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1500 words or equivalent
002: 50% Written Exam: End of module, unseen, closed book: 1.00 hours
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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