ACM10090 Climate Change:Causes & Consequences

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is for everyone with an interest in climate change!

We know that the Earth's climate is changing. However, there are often conflicting stories about how and why this is happening. What is right? How do we know? In this module, we aim to clear up this confusion by asking critical questions about the science behind climate change.

This module will provide an accessible introduction to the science of climate change, allowing students to understand this vital topic, and to appreciate the challenges and consequences for our future.

We will consider key questions about climate change, such as:
-- What is the Earth's climate?
-- How has it changed in the past?
-- What causes it to change?
-- How will the climate change in the future?
-- Have there been changes in climate extremes?

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successfully completing this module, you will be able to explain:
- the key factors that influence the Earth's climate,
- how these have changed in the past,
- and how they may change in the future.

You will also be able to:
- discuss the methods used to uncover the Earth's past climate
- explain the role of climate models in projecting changes in the future
- give some case studies on the impact of changes in climate
- appreciate how uncertainty is a part of climate change science

Indicative Module Content:

How do we know that the climate is changing?
What causes climate change?
How do we project future climate?

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, tutorials, class discussion, project work. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Class Test: Two in-class written tests. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Online quizzes Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Group project Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Online quizzes are automatically graded. Group projects will receive feedback from the lecturer as well as from peers.

Name Role
Dr Conor Sweeney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer