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On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Describe why and how current climate change is happening.
2. Describe how agriculture is contributing to climate change and how it can adapt to climate change.
3. Discuss the variety of options open to Irish agriculture for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from land use.
4. Work in a team to prepare arguments for innovative ways of implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation in agriculture.
The module addresses both Climate change and Agriculture, they will be addressed in parallel in the module.
What is climate change?
Impacts of climate change
Climate change adaptation
Future climate scenarios
Mitigation potential across sectors
Policy options for climate change mitigation
Types of greenhouse gases
Radiation and temperature
Greenhouse gas effect
The carbon cycle
Feedbacks in the climate system
Carbon sequestration in soils and forests
Overview over Irish agriculture and land use policy
Crop cycle/ livestock production cycle and dependence on weather thereof
What are the vulnerabilities of a farm to extreme weather
Climate change adaptation on farms
Input and outputs from a farm
What produces greenhouse gases on a farm
How can we reduce GHG emissions on a farm
Taking climate action
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Information skills (library usage, online search)
Basic sciences (chemistry, physics, geography)
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Essay related to active learning in module||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Journal: After each tutorial the student is required to submit a small reflection on what was learned during class. Each submission will be graded as pass/fail. The grade for this component reflects the % pass||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Examination: MCQ exam||1 hour End of Trimester Exam||No||Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities
Post-assessment individual submissions will be graded and feedback provided. There will also be sharing of assignment content with classmates through tutorials and through lectures. After each tutorial students will be asked to reflect on what they learned (self-assessment).
|Dr Tamara Hochstrasser||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Gary Lanigan||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Ms Ciara Graham||Tutor|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 11||Fri 13:00 - 13:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11||Thurs 13:00 - 13:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks||Tues 13:00 - 13:50|