Climate Change, Carbon, and Sustainability

A suite of four credit-bearing courses

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REGISTRATION FOR CLIMATE CHANGE, CARBON, AND SUSTAINABILITY SHORT COURSES IS NOW CLOSED. HOWEVER, YOU CAN STILL REGISTER YOUR INTEREST.

Abertay University's portfolio of credit-bearing short courses builds on its reputation for innovation in education. Our short courses will give you a comprehensive insight into climate change, carbon capture, and sustainability.

Courses and start dates 

Each short course is worth 5-credits, is fully funded and delivered 100% online.

The courses available are:

  1. Introduction to Sustainability: The Role for You and Your Organisation (THIS COURSE IS CURRENTLY FULL)

  2. Individual Sustainability: Understanding and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint (THIS COURSE IS CURRENTLY FULL)

  3. Adapting to Climate Change - Carbon and Climate Conscious Communities (THIS COURSE IS CURRENTLY FULL)

  4. Carbon Capture and Storage - Working Towards Net-Zero Emissions (THIS COURSE IS CURRENTLY FULL)

Who are the courses for?

These courses are for those who are interested in learning the key concepts and practical applications used to combat climate change, utilise carbon capture, and enhance sustainability, both individually and at an organisational level.

Courses are also suited for individuals (in or out of work) who are looking to upskill or re-skill, small business owners and freelancers, third sector organisations/charities, businesses and organisations looking for training and CPD for their staff, and council and governmental workers/stakeholders.

What will the courses offer students?

  • The knowledge and skills needed to understand the fundamentals of climate change and sustainability

  • A rewarding, accredited learning experience

  • An introduction to university education that can be used to get back into education full-time

What can students expect?

  • Interactive sessions and guided online learning

  • Discussion of the current practices and methods involved in climate change, carbon capture, and sustainability

  • A credited university qualification

How is each course delivered?

These courses are delivered 100% online and each course runs for three weeks. The first two weeks are dedicated to teaching and engaging with the learning materials, brought to you by knowledgeable and experienced lecturers. The third week is timetabled for the assessment which is a multiple-choice test designed to gauge the ability to apply the lessons learnt in the course to various scenarios. Each course is expected to take 50 hours to complete, with the flexibility delivered via online learning to suit your work schedule and home commitments.

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Courses - information and dates

Introduction to Sustainability: The Role for You and Your Organisation

Content: 

5 SCQF | Level 9

Increasingly many organisations have recognised that sustainability is important at a personal and organisational level. This course enables those interested in sustainability to examine the concepts, policy, and ethical framework in which organisations operate and to develop the necessary skills to enhance you and your organisation in a sustainable manner.

Introduction to Sustainability: The Role for You and Your Organisation aims to provide an understanding of the concepts and practical application of sustainability goals and their role in the strategic development and operation of organisations and their activities.

Structure:

Week 1:

w/c Monday 30th May 2022

Week 2:

w/c Monday 6th June 2022

Assessment:

w/c Monday 13th June 2022

Individual Sustainability: Understanding and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Content: 

5 SCQF | Level 9

This course will support you to get familiar with sustainability and introduce you to tools that can help understand and reduce your climate impact. By increasing your sustainability self-awareness, you will be able to make a positive difference in your own life, and in the organisations and communities around you.

The course will provide examples and case studies linking personal actions with climate change and carbon emissions. Whilst highlighting areas that are problematic, the course will give a positive outlook - providing solutions and actions that can reduce carbon emissions and help the environment.

Individual Sustainability: Understanding and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint aims to provide students with the knowledge needed to understand and reduce their carbon footprint. Using Carbon Calculator Tools, they will be able to determine their personal carbon footprint which will enhance awareness of their own contributions and, as a result, look at ways of reducing this.

Structure:

Week 1:

w/c Monday 27th June 2022

Week 2:

w/c Monday 4th July 2022

Assessment:

w/c Monday 11th July 2022

Adapting to Climate Change - Carbon and Climate Conscious Communities

Content: 

5 SCQF | Level 9

This course provides examples on using advances in technology (e.g., solar technologies and electric vehicles) and nature-based solutions to help our environment and reduce our carbon footprint. We will explore the concept and reality of carbon and climate conscious communities, providing examples and case studies which will give insight into multi-functional spaces that provide multiple benefits to society, the environment and economy.

Adapting to Climate Change - Carbon and Climate Conscious Communities aims to provide guidance on how to adapt our individual life and life within our communities to climate change. This will be done through a variety of topics, including: climate adaptation and mitigation, waste reduction, sustainable water management and the improvement/development of green spaces.

Structure:

Week 1:

w/c Monday 25th July 2022

Week 2:

w/c Monday 1st August 2022

Assessment:

w/c Monday 8th August 2022

Carbon Capture and Storage - Working Towards Net-Zero Emissions

Content: 

5 SCQF | Level 9

With growing concerns, internationally, on undeniable impacts of climate change on human beings' life, nations have began setting climate mitigation targets to save the planet for our future. This course will describe the important role that carbon capture and storage can play in meeting these climate change targets. 

Carbon Capture and Storage - Working Towards Net-Zero Emissions aims to discuss methods that could be adopted to capture and store carbon at an individual or collective level and will draw on the cumulative individual carbon capture and storage impact in achieving net-zero targets.

Structure:

Week 1:

w/c Monday 22nd August 2022

Week 2:

w/c Monday 29th August 2022

Assessment:

w/c Monday 5th September 2022

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