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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 2024/25, 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
Feedback Formative: Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Summative: Feedback will be provided on the assessments within agreed deadlines.
No Exam Information
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 Cognitive Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Understand how to manage and sustain successful individual and group relationships in order to achieve positive and responsible outcomes, in a range of virtual and face-to-face environments.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.

Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.

Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore and solve them responsibly.
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Course organiserDr Matthew Brander
Tel: (0131 6)51 5547
Course secretaryMr Pete Park
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