Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Climate and Climate Change
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report  Individual report 1500 Words  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  50%
Supplementary Assessment Report  Individual report 1500 Words  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Exam  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Explain the roles of the Earth’s orbital characteristics, oceans and tectonic activity as drivers of climate.

Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between weather and climate, and the causes and impacts of extreme weather events.

Describe previous changes in the Earth’s climate, and the tools used to study these changes.

Outline ongoing and future climate change, and the potential to mitigate against these changes.

Be able to discuss factors causing climate and climate change and it's effects under examination conditions.

Brief description

This module will present the science underpinning climate and climate change. The roles of the Earth’s orbital characteristics, oceans and tectonic activity as drivers of climate will be studied. The module will also highlight historical and future climatic change, and identify potential solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change.


1. What is Climate?
2. Atmosphere and Oceans
3. Weather and Climate
4. Extreme Climate
5. Tectonics and Climate
6. Global Climate Cooling
7. Great Ice Ages
8. Future Climate Change
9. Fixing Climate Change
10. Ultimate Climate Change
11. The Climate Change Debate
12. Climate Change Impacts
13. Climate Surprises
14. The Politics of Climate Change

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Analysis of existing literature / data
Communication Report writing
Improving own Learning and Performance Literature research and academic writing
Information Technology Use of literature databases
Personal Development and Career planning Report writing
Problem solving Identification of potential challenges posed by climate change.
Research skills Examination of literature
Subject Specific Skills Knowledge of existing literature on climate / climate change


This module is at CQFW Level 4