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Module

CEG8003 : Public Policy: Infrastructure and Climate Change

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jaime Amezaga
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The primary aim is to develop an appreciation of sustainability issues focusing on climate change policies and infrastructure at global, international and local policy making levels, whilst enhancing analytical, communication and persuasion skills, and to demonstrate this in written and oral output.

The module provides an introduction to the different levels of public governance of climate change and how they affect the work of engineers. The module starts at the global level with UN organisations proceeding down to the European Union, national government and local government levels. Each of the topics is introduced by an interactive lecture presenting the key actors in each level and the main policy frameworks for climate change management and their interaction with sustainability. For each of the levels the students have to produce a short critical group report analysing a given question. The reports are discussed with the lecturer and the rest of the whole class in a debate format during a feedback session.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture topics

1. United Nations: Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change in Global Affairs

2. Public Policy and Strategic Management

3. European Union: Governance and Climate Change

4. UK Government, Infrastructure and Climate Change

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00Content required to frame module and coursework
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Independent research and report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops20:301:00Support to student-led group work. Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:303:00Debate of group reports
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Questions about lecture material and coursework Synchronous - online
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity220:0040:00Student-led research and reporting
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The process of gaining specialist knowledge and understanding is initiated by lecture classes, and is continued through the production of two short papers (written communications) in small groups, which are subsequently debated and defended (oral skills) in tutorials. In this way, each student will develop the ability and confidence to rapidly capture knowledge on complex subject matter from published literature in a range of specialist fields such as environmental science, engineering, law, economics and policy in parallel to Civil Engineering, and to use this knowledge in support of conclusions drawn from systematic analysis in a concise group report. The purpose of the longer individual report produced for assessment is to further enhance these skills and allow more scope for the development of arguments of greater depth. The debate will introduce a sense of advocacy for a particular solution, which will have a multi-dimensional nature. The emphasis will be on producing convincing arguments for the chosen solution.
Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M70Individual work (case study - 21hrs effort).
Written exercise1M302 written exercises carried out in groups.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Group Coursework (Written exercise): In the group courseworks we assess the capacity of the students to work in teams to produce well-presented short reports backed by information and showing critical thinking in topics that are relatively new to them in the area of public policy and sustainability. The deadlines are demanding to resemble normal professional working conditions. The assessment includes both the written report and the oral debate in the feedback session. (cwk 1-2 40%)

Individual Coursework (Case study):
Students undertake an individual case study on a topic selected in agreement with the lecturer within a given subject area, for example “Adaptation to and/or mitigation of climate change in the civil engineering sector”.

In this coursework we assess the capacity of the student to analyse in depth a particular topic connecting engineering practice with the public governance of sustainability. Marking takes into account presentation, research backed by literature and critical analysis.

Reading Lists

Timetable