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Postgraduate Course: Mitigation Outcome Assessment (CMSE11582)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryMitigation outcome assessment is about quantifying the change in emissions or removals caused by projects, policies or any other form of climate change mitigation intervention. This method forms the basis for carbon offset crediting, policy appraisal/evaluation, results-based payments, and measuring the impact of investment decisions. The course aims to provide students with practical experience in using this method through applying concepts and techniques to case study interventions. Students will also develop skills in thinking critically about emerging practice in this area, as not all current practice is necessarily good practice.
Course description This course is intended to provide students with the relevant knowledge and skills to quantify the emission reductions or removal enhancements caused by projects, policies, or any other interventions aimed at climate change mitigation.

The course introduces the range of applications for mitigation outcome assessment, and discusses emerging applications such as Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, the voluntary offset market, and the international aviation offset scheme (CORSIA). The course then explores a number of fundamental concepts such as causal chain mapping, baselines, additionality, marginal analysis, emissions factors, and validation. The course is structured around weekly lectures, in which the key concepts are introduced, followed by workshops in which the concepts are put into practice through application to group projects.

The course also involves guest lectures to discuss cutting-edge developments in the use of mitigation outcome assessment. Guest lectures are arranged each year to provide up-to-date content, and may include organisations such as Gold Standard, Peatland Code, or Plan Vivo.

Outline Content:
1. Overview of mitigation outcome assessment
2. Paris Agreement - Article 6
3. Causal-chain mapping

4. Baselines
5. Calculating emissions
6. Additionality
7. Validation
8. Emerging applications and issues

Student Learning Experience:
The course will be taught through weekly lectures which will introduce a key concept or issue, followed by workshops in which the concepts are put into practice through application within case-based group work.

The course includes a number of guest speakers. This provides useful real-world insights alongside the more theoretical aspects of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 4 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 83 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 60% coursework (group) - assesses course Learning Outcomes 1
40% coursework (individual) - assesses course Learning Outcomes 2, 3
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and apply the key concepts within mitigation outcome assessment to quantify the changes caused by a project, policy or other intervention.
  2. Critically discuss the different rules and procedures within major mitigation outcome assessment standards.
  3. Critically understand the range of applications for mitigation outcome assessment.
Learning Resources
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding
After completing this course, students should have:
- Detailed knowledge of the key concepts and terms associated with mitigation outcome assessment.
- An understanding of the broad applicability of mitigation outcome assessment.

Practice: Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Quantify the change in emissions caused by a project, policy, or other intervention.
- Assess the additionality of an intervention or emissions outcome.

Cognitive Skills
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Make informed judgements in the absence of complete or consistent data.
- Offer creative solutions and insights on complex issues.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Communicate technical, conceptual and critical information clearly and concisely.
- Develop emission factors and apply them to activity data to calculate greenhouse gas emissions.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Provide and receive peer-feedback.
- Cooperate with others from different professional, educational and cultural backgrounds.
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Course organiserDr Matthew Brander
Tel: (0131 6)51 5547
Course secretaryMiss Jen Wood
Tel: (0131 6)50 8335
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