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Climate change and its environmental impacts (5 cr)

Code: TE00BB90-3008

General information


21.11.2022 - 15.01.2023


09.01.2023 - 31.03.2023

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Virtual portion

5 op

Mode of delivery

Distance learning


Faculty of Technology (LAB)


E-campus, Lahti

Teaching languages

  • English


10 - 25

Degree programmes

  • Master's Degree Programme in Urban Sustainability


  • Eeva Aarrevaara
  • Paul Carroll

Scheduling groups

  • Luennot (Size: 0. Open UAS: 0.)


    Master’s Degree Programme in Urban Sustainability 23KV Lahti

Small groups

  • Luennot 1

Learning outcomes

The student is able to
- survey the impacts of the EU on reduction of carbon emissions in the future and analyze their consequences
- describe current and future opportunities for climate change mitigation in urban settings
- search for information and scientific research results concerning climate change topics
- develop applications of mitigation in urban settings

Implementation and methods of teaching

The online programme will be held on the following days (4 hours/ day) 20th Jan, 3rd Feb, 17th Feb and 10th March. Before the studies students need to prepare a pre-course assignment, during the meeting day presentations concerning the topic are presented and commented on, after the course students will be required to provide an individual assignment.

Learning material and recommended literature

Archer, D. 2013. Global Warming : understanding the forecast. Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons.
Cahill, T. 2012.Low impact development and sustainable stormwater management. Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons.
Emmanuel, R.; Baker K. 2012. Carbon Management in the Built Environment. London: Routledge.
Kuismanen, K. 2008. Climate-conscious architecture-design and wind testing method for climates in change. Oulu : University of Oulu.

Supplementary material in Moodle.

Alternative completion methods

Compensatory tasks are to be discussed with the tutoring teacher.

Learning environment

The lecture material and other study materials will be provided in Moodle together with all instructions and assignments to be completed.

Student time use and work load

The whole course is 5 x 27 hours in length, from which the contact hours make up 16 hours.

Additional information for students: previous knowledge etc._peppi

A bachelor-level degree is required.

Assessment criteria

Evaluated material: pre-course assignment, active participation in group working during the intensive period and an individual assignment after the intensive period (or compensatory assignments).

Assessment scale


Failed (0)

Learning targets have not been reached.

Assessment criteria: level 1 (assessment scale 1–5)

The student is able to

- follow critically the professional discussion dealing with climate change mitigation and adaptation
- find information/resources and justify the choices, uses and usefulness of the information
- apply the concepts of climate change in a consistent manner and understand wider
- evaluate professional and organisation-level processes dealing with climate change mitigation and adaptation
- communicate verbally and orally with national and international expert- and non-expert audiences
- act in the chosen field with a strategic approach
- work with awareness of value
- lead different types of processes to adapt and mitigate climate change

Assessment criteria: level 3 (assessment scale 1–5)

The student is able to

- critically appraise theoretical knowledge/resources of the chosen field
- act and communicate in multidisciplinary regional and national development networks
- search for and analyse the basic premises of climate change adaptation and mitigation
- act in leadership roles in an organisation/development project dealing with climate change
- assume responsibility for a community's goal-oriented learning with a strategic approach to climate change

Assessment criteria: level 5 (assessment scale 1–5)

The student is able to

- use domestic and international resources in climate change adaptation and mitigation in a critical and innovative manner
- evaluate the outcomes and impacts of development activities in climate change adaptation and mitigation
- act and communicate in demanding domestic and international settings/networks
- lead development and innovation activities dealing with climate change adaptation and mitigation
- evaluate and develop activities and strategies in the field