Module details for Adapting To Climate Change - Carbon and Climate Conscious Communities


The module provides examples on using 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 provide an insight into multi-functional spaces that provide multiple benefits to society, environment, and economy. Topics include climate adaptation and mitigation, waste reduction, sustainable water management, improvement/development of green spaces. Through engaging with this module, you will develop the Intellectual, Active Citizen and Digital Abertay Attributes. In particular: Be a problem-solver, tackling complex issues using creativity to adopt to climate change; to be globally conscientious and socially respectful, to be self-reflective, and to develop awareness of your civic, ethical, and environmental responsibilities; to develop digital fluency using appropriate online platform to interact with module content.


The module focuses on providing guidance on how to adapt our individual life and life within our communities to climate change.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Summarise the concepts of climate conscious communities and apply this learning to case study scenarios of carbon and climate conscious lifestyles.

Indicative Content

1 Climate adaptation and mitigation

Climate change resulting from human activities has impacted our environment, challenging the capacity for nature to support our economy and wellbeing. This topic explores and defines what we mean by climate adaptation and mitigation. The following topics showcase techniques that individuals could use and adopt on their day-to-day basis towards climate adaptation and mitigation.

2 Electric vehicles

Introduction on electric vehicles and discussion on what it takes to own one. Pros and cons of operating electric vehicles are discussed. Challenges such as charging location/duration and range anxiety are explored.

3 Solar power

Using solar energy to generate electricity and heat are discussed. Overall benefits of installing a home-based solar panel and water heating system are explained and pros and cons are discussed.

4 Sustainable water and waste management

Using water in a way that meets current, ecological, social, and economic needs without compromising the ability to meet those needs in the future. Discussing methods of reducing waste and maximising recycling

5 Improvement/development of green spaces

Discussing actions that can be taken to improve green spaces which include increase the number and diversity of trees, increase the variety of planting, improve lighting and security, and increase public engagement in improvement and development of green spaces

6 Case studies

Throughout the module we present case studies and examples to help support the learning and provide inspiration.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 10
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 10
Independent 30
Total 50

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.