UCC Adult courses

Environment, Sustainability and Climate - Dip

About This Course

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Course Outline

Adult Continuing Education (ACE) at UCC is delighted to offer this revised course (formerly the Diploma in Environmental Science and Social Policy) as an innovative Diploma based in UCC campus, at outreach and online.

Today's world is one which is rapidly changing: global warming and the related environmental and social issues raise serious concerns for the welfare of our current and future generations. Such changing developments requires business to be responsive, agile and capable of developing new approaches and solutions to address these key issues in order for their businesses to remain sustainable. The Diploma in Environment, Sustainability and Climate will introduce students to key theories and skills related to the environmental and related sustainable and societal issues within their own organisations. Environmental issues such as climate change, sustainable development and planning, use and misuse of natural resources, environmental conditions and the protection of human health are now high on the agenda of all government departments, resulting in more stringent regulations and standards. This in turn has created a greater need for an environmentally aware, knowledgeable and appropriately trained workforce.

 

Course Details

This is an interdisciplinary programme across sboth cience and social studies and links the UN SDGs across all its teaching.

Students will complete 30 credits as follows in Year 1:

  • Introduction to Earth Science (10 credits)
  • Perspectives on Climate Change and Sustainable Development (10 credits)
  • Environmental Monitoring, Assessment and Social Impact (10 Credits)

Students will complete 30 credits as follows in Year 2:

  • Ecology and Applied Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Environmental Protection and Eco-Social Policy
  • Practical Environmental Management

Additional Teaching Mode Information

On campus:

Lectures will be delivered one evening a week, Thursdays 7pm-10pm with occasional Saturday sessions.

Outreach:

Note: Given the current public health advice around social distancing, this programme will delivered in a blended manner comprising live online classes, online recordings, and face-to-face teaching where possible.

A class in Cahersiveen will be held every 4 – 6 weeks and will resume when possible under the guidelines.

Note: Given the current public health advice around social distancing, the on campus and outreach programmes will not be running for 2020/21. The Online  programme will be delivered only during this time.

Online:

Lectures will be delivered entirely online via UCC’s virtual learning environment. All lectures will be pre-recorded for the online learner and released on a weekly basis as the course progresses. Lectures can be viewed at any time, from anywhere, and as often as desired.  Detailed lecture notes will accompany each lecture as well as recommended reading. Live discussion forums will be used on a weekly basis which will involve the lecturer and the learners discussing various topics related to the module. Field work will resume when guidelines allow.

Course Practicalities

Assessment

All work is continuously assessed. The course is evaluated through a combination of essays, journal reviews, case studies, oral presentation, poster presentation, field reports, practicals and a group research project.

Who teaches this course

Lecturers on this course are drawn from a broad spectrum of disciplines and include academics, regulators, environmental scientists, economists, social scientists, energy sector professional, planners and policy makers.

Why Choose This Course

This is an in-depth introduction to the environment and related societal issues and policy, as a stand-alone qualification or as a springboard to further study and employment. The course gives students the knowledge and experience of the key inter-related concepts of the environment and society  through subjects such as geology, ecology, sustainable development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental monitoring, eco-social policy, law and conservation. The course also offers the students an insight into how these subjects can be assessed and analysed using technology such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and through practical applications. The role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals that will help shape the world we live in is also central to this long established and highly regarded programme at UCC.

Skills and Careers Information

This course is aimed at people returning to education, people with an existing qualification and seeking to broaden their knowledge of environmental and social issues, people starting out in a career in and looking for direction to an area of specialisation.

Graduates of this course have found employment in local authorities, environmental, health and safety positions, the pharma-chem sector, “green teams” and sustainability teams in many sectors (as listed previously and including retail, hospitality, sectors). Many students have also continued their studies in specialised areas such as Planning and Development, Environmental Science/Studies, Environmental Management and Protection, Government Policy…

Requirements

  • The programme will be taken part-time over a two-year period
  • Candidates must be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application
  • Leaving Certificate (or equivalent qualification)/FETAC Level 5 qualification
  • Candidates who do not have Leaving Certificate or FETAC Level 5 but are over 21 years of age may be deemed suitable, subject to the approval of the ACE Committee
  • On successful completion of the second year of the course, participants will be awarded a Diploma in Environmental Science and Social Policy
  • English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score

Fees and Costs

€1,500 per academic year 

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

How Do I Apply

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

Should you have any queries on this, please contact Programme Coordinator Belinda Gascoigne at belinda.gascoigne@ucc.ie 

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.


 

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