UCC01 Understanding Climate Change

About this course

This course is about understanding climate change. It describes how the climate is changing and why this is happening. It also describes the impacts this is having.  Global commitments and national policies to address climate change outlines are also outlined. By understanding climate change we are more able to address this through climate change mitigation and adaption measures.

What this course offers

Taking the course will enable you to understand more about climate change and develop skills,  knowledge and processes that will enable you to become more capable of addressing climate change.

What you will learn 

1.Defining climate change

This describes climate change and the imbalances in natural cycles that is causing it. Projected changes to climate as a result of global warming are also described.

2. Why is this important?

The severe impacts of climate change are described to show why it is important that climate change is addressed effectively and urgently.

3.Climate change commitments

Climate change commitments have been made to address climate change. These include targets for countries and for industry sectors. Commitments for South Africa are outlined and current progress charted.

4.Implications for building

Buildings and construction play a significant role in causing climate change. This role and the implications for buildings of climate change are presented.

5. Are there tools and guides you can use to understand climate change

Tools and guides, such as carbon emission footprint calculators are

How you will learn

The course is online and you will be able to access the following resources:

  • Course presentation
  • Course book
  • Course quiz
  • Templates and guides
  • Course work
  • Additional reading

The course is self-paced and you can work through the material in your own time. Course numbers are capped, so the length of access to courses will be limited to provide access to new participants. However, we aim to provide access for at least 1 month.

Course certificate

A course certificate can be provided should you wish to receive formal confirmation of your successful completion of the course. For this, you must download and apply tools and guides provided and submit coursework. This will be reviewed by the Course Instructor and, where requirements are met, a course certificate will be issued.

What do I need to attend the course?

You will need access to the Internet and a Gmail account with a password to access the course.

Who developed the course?

The course was developed by Instructors who have designed and run management and technical courses for the United Nations, government departments, universities, professional bodies and community organisations.

Accessing the course, course books, tools and guides

Access to the course enables you to view the presentations, the course book, tools and guides, the additional reading, the coursework and take the quiz. Please contact us with your Gmail address and the course you would like to attendĀ here.

Course books, tools and guides can be viewed online during the course. If you would like to download and use these, these may be available through the shop.


Principles of effective meetings

There are a number of basic principles that can be applied to achieve effective meetings. These are listed below.

1. The meeting starts on time and is not too long.
2. The organisers have clear objectives they wish to achieve.
3. There is a clear and agreed agenda for the meeting.
4. Participants are committed to achieving positive outcomes.
5. Sufficient preparation has been carried out.
6. There is a clear and fair record of discussion and agreements.
7. Agreed action items are carried out between meetings.

A guide and templates on running effective meetings can be foundĀ here.



What are effective meetings?

Effective meetings achieve their objectives. Participants leave with a sense of achievement and know what will happen next as a result of the meeting.

Characteristics of effective meetings are :

  • The objectives of the meeting are clear. An agenda is provided and the purpose of the meeting is clearly provided at the beginning of the meeting.
  • Participants actively contribute to the meeting. Participants understand why they have been invited and actively contribute to the meeting.
  • Good preparation means that participants are well briefed and can contribute appropriately. Agendas and relevant information have been circulated before the meeting to participants who have read this and are therefore well prepared for the meeting.
  • Actions are followed up and progress is made. Actions are minuted and followed up at the next meeting. There is a clear allocation of responsibility for undertaking actions and accountability for achieving these.
  • Discussions and agreements are recorded in agreed minutes. Accurate minutes are taken and issued soon after meetings. Procedures are in place to ensure that participants check minutes and vouch for their accuracy.
  • Meetings are tightly scheduled and are productive. An agenda with a schedule is provided. The chair keeps to the agenda and the schedule.

A guide and templates on running effective meetings can be found here.