From the book: Green Technology Strategies
There are 2 areas of assessment in the subject:
- Your contributions to the weekly discussion forums, worth 20% of your total assessment.
- Your 2 assignments, worth 40% and 40% each.
To pass the subject overall, it is necessary that you pass in both areas of assessment.
If you have any queries or concerns about these assessments, contact your tutor.
The weekly discussion forums are for your discussion of questions posed during a particular week of study. The questions will be provided to you (and are at the end of each week's notes); and you are expected to provide answers by the Wednesday evening of the particular week, and then replies to other people's answers by the Saturday evening.
Each week your contributions will be marked out of 2, where:
- 0 = no contribution
- 1 = standard below expectation, and
- 2 = standard at or greater than expectation.
and the criteria for determining the mark will be:
- the intellectual and academic quality of your answers,
- the intellectual and academic quality of your replies to other people's answers, and, most importantly,
- the degree to which your answers and replies engender and encourage further discussion and debate amongst your classmates.
Note also that you are expected to use the discussion forums ethically at all times. Material posted should be relevant to the purpose of the forum and should not contain material which is:
- Breaches copyright.
- Confidential to an employer, business or government organisation.
You should also be conscious of unnecessary noise brought about by frivolous discussions.
There are 2 assignments in the subject:
- Assignment #1: Write a report on the carbon footprint of the ICT operations of your organisation (or an organisation you are familiar with). The report is for the organisation's Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer in meeting the requirement of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007. Write the report in such a way that content can easily be extracted for use in the organisation's annual report to shareholders (or equivalent). Maximum 2,000 words, worth 40% of your assessment. Due week 6.
- Assignment #2: Write a report identify ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your organisation (or an organisation you are familiar with) through ICT. This could be by changes to polices for procurement of ICT, changes to the ICT operations (such as turning up the thermostat in the computer room), or revising business processes. Describe the current way of functioning and the problems associated with it. Propose a "to be" process that is based on established standards, proven practice, or proposed developments. How will you tailor the processes to suit your organisation? What are the challenges the organisation will face? How will you measure the success of the proposals? The target audience of the report the organisation's ICT management committee. Maximum 2,000 words, worth 40% of your assessment. Due week 12.
Assignment Assessment Criteria
When preparing your assignments you should note that, this subject is designed at the post-graduate level with particular relevance to the ICT industry and profession.
All marks are integers (no part marks):
|Background explaining previous work in the area citing literature||10%|
|Plan of what is intended to achieve in this work||10%|
|Detail of what was done||20%|
|Analysis of results||20%|
|Conclusion and recommendations for improvements||10%|
|Use of Relevant References||10%|
Instructions for submission of assignments
Assignments are to be uploaded using the Submit Assignment facility provided. Early submission of assignments is allowed, and late submission without approval will incur a reduction in your mark.
Your assignments should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Your assignment must be less than 500 kbytes in total and must not be zipped.
Your assignments should use the Harvard referencing system.
From the book: Green Technology Strategies
This book is about how to reduce carbon emissions and achieve other environmental benefits by using computers and telecommunications technology. It is designed to be used within an online course for professionals, using mentored and collaborative learning techniques.
Copyright © Tom Worthington, 2009
Publisher: Tomw Communications, PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia. Website: http://www.tomw.net.au/green
- ISBN: 978-0-9806201-7-7 (Website October 2009)
- ISBN: 978-0-9806201-4-6 (Hardcover January 2010)
- ISBN: 978-0-9806201-3-9 (Paperback October 2009)
- ISBN: 978-0-9806201-2-2 (PDF e-Book October 2009)
- ISBN: 978-0-9806201-6-0 (Amazon Kindle e-Book January 2010)
- ISBN: 978-0-9806201-5-3 (Large-print Paperback January 2010)
- IMS Content Package (May 2011)
- Moodle Backup File (May 2011)
- Apple iPad and other ePub readers (June 2011)
New edition available: ICT Sustainability: Assessment and Strategies for a Low Carbon Future, September 2011.
These notes are used for the courses:
Green ICT Strategies (ACS25): offered in the Postgraduate Program of Open Universities Australia and available from 2010 to students of Curtin University, Griffith University, Macquarie University, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University and the University of South Australia,
Green Technology Strategies: offered in the Computer Professional Education Program, Australian Computer Society (first run as "Green ICT Strategies" in February 2009), and
The notes were first published as an electronic and paperback book in 2009 (Green ICT, Tom Worthington, Tomw Communications, 2009). Students can download or print their own copy of the e-book from the course learning management system, which is likely to be more up to date.
Green Technology Strategies: Using computers and telecommunications to reduce carbon emissions by Tom Worthington is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Australia License, except for institutions covered by a Copyright Agency Ltd Statutory Licence.