Courses and Internships linked to ANU Below Zero

If you're interested in integrating ANU Below Zero into your degree or research at ANU, you can consider the following options:

2022

Semester 1, 2022 courses incorporating ANU Below Zero

VCUG2002/VCPG6003 Leadership & Influence *Applications extended to 24 Feb

Open to all ANU students -  This course gives ANU students who have demonstrated potential as change-makers a wide understanding of styles of leadership and influence and an opportunity to implement a leadership project. In 2022, you can work on a project with the strategic initiative ANU Below Zero. You will develop your own values-based repertoire to "lead through influence" so that you can better create change now and into the future. ANU Vice-Chancellor's Courses are open to students from all academic Colleges. Applications close 24 Feb: https://vc-courses.anu.edu.au/study/leadership_and_influence/

Semester 2, 2022 courses incorporating ANU Below Zero

MGMT7007 - Sustainable Business Strategy: Net Zero and Beyond

Open to all ANU students - Business as usual is no longer an option, to meet the increasing formal (regulatory) and informal (community) expectations relating to their impact on society and the natural environment along with meeting the challenge of climate change implementing sustainability has become an increasingly important strategic intent of corporations. The course takes the perspective of an individual corporation operating in a dynamic competitive environment in a capitalist economy, that seeks to: examine both its internal and external environments to determine the range of sustainability issues that it faces, including climate change; develop strategies for sustainable practices that enhance its competitive position; make a business case to a range of its stakeholders, including owners, for the adoption of those sustainable practices; and understand the principal barriers to the implementation of those practices.

ENVS3040 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

Understanding problems: Below Zero at ANU - The first step we will take in dealing with complex environmental problems in action is to look closely at where problems come from, how they arise and ways to analyse them. We will do this by considering environmental management at ANU, and the recent launch of the Below Zero carbon emission reduction policy. You will hear from experts and managers, and use tools of problem framing to recognise diverse understandings of carbon emission reduction as a problem, and how that affects what we might do about it.  In teams of 4 or 5, you will hold a 'kitchen table' discussion to brainstorm ideas that address the question: what problems may be faced by ANU on the road to achieve below net zero carbon emissions? And analyse for whom, when, where, and how these problems arise. Students will be required to complete a template that presents a problem statement, an opportunity for change, and outline three suggested solutions that are implied by those statements. They will then compare their own statement with that of another group, and reflect on the similarities and differences.

2021

Semester 2, 2021 courses incorporating ANU Below Zero

CBEA3001 Special Industry Project Course

Open to all ANU students - This semester the industry client is SolarShare.  Are you interested in renewable energy generation, community ownership, or sustainability? This is a fantastic opportunity for you to undertake real life project for the largest community owned solar facility in Australia! On March 21, 2021, the first solar farm owned and built by SolarShare was officially switched on in the Majura Valley in ACT.  The Board of SolarShare is now exploring the next investment opportunities. Student teams are tasked with investigating the feasibility and value of future investment options and proposing a complete investment case as the next strategic investment initiative of SolarShare.

COMP3900 Human-Computer Interaction

The ANU School of Computing course COMP3900/COMP6390 Human-Computer Interaction has adopted the theme of environmental sustainability for our project assessment, with the ability for projects to connect with ANU Below Zero. Students will conduct qualitative contextual research about people's everyday practices, develop a range of different design ideas to promote environmentally sustainable behaviours, and prototype and evaluate a new design, with a focus on emerging technologies such as augmented reality and the Internet of Things. Examples of possible projects could include designing a sharing economy platform for ANU, creating interfaces for visualising and tracking the personal impact of emissions, and designing tools to support sustainable commuting practices. We hope that students will gain an awareness of the ANU Below Zero initiative, and explore the potential role and impact of technology in reducing carbon emissions through their projects.

ENVS3040 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

Understanding problems: Below Zero at ANU - The first step we will take in dealing with complex environmental problems in action is to look closely at where problems come from, how they arise and ways to analyse them. We will do this by considering environmental management at ANU, and the recent launch of the Below Zero carbon emission reduction policy. You will hear from experts and managers, and use tools of problem framing to recognise diverse understandings of carbon emission reduction as a problem, and how that affects what we might do about it.  In teams of 4 or 5, you will hold a 'kitchen table' discussion to brainstorm ideas that address the question: what problems may be faced by ANU on the road to achieve below net zero carbon emissions? And analyse for whom, when, where, and how these problems arise. Students will be required to complete a template that presents a problem statement, an opportunity for change, and outline three suggested solutions that are implied by those statements. They will then compare their own statement with that of another group, and reflect on the similarities and differences.

Ongoing Internship programs where you can work towards ANU Below Zero objectives

CBEA3070 / CBEA6070 CBE Internship Program

Open to students enrolled in an ANU CBE academic program. The CBE Internships provide students with an opportunity to gain real-world experience through a workplace project of 120 hours (for 6 units) or 240 hours (for 12 units), approximately 12 or 24 hours per week over 10 weeks. The program also includes 5 practical workshops throughout the semester to prepare students for their internships and future careers. The internship project has a strong focus on developing students' employability in terms of their teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills. Each intern will show evidence of competencies and skills acquired through close working relationships and collaboration with professional colleagues, a workplace supervisor and academic advisor. Every individual intern will be supported by the CBE Careers and Student Employability team including Course Convenor, Tutor, Career consultants, and Program Coordinator. 

Australian National Internships Program

Experience the heart of Australian policy-making and politics through a research project with the Australian National Internships Program. ANIP internships are open to current undergraduate and postgraduate students from all academic disciplines. ANIP is the only university program that offers Commonwealth Parliamentary Internships to students from across Australia. Interns are based in the offices of MPs and Senators and engage with a range of activities that shape national policy making. ANU students can also undertake ANIP internships with the ACT Legislative Assembly, Government agencies, Diplomatic Missions, NGOs and Think-tanks. Placements are for one, two or four days per week and the ANIP course includes workshops on policy research and professional skills.

Courses with broad relevance to Below Zero

ANU offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programs and courses that have a direct link to climate science, adaptation and mitigation, economics, law, policy and governance aspects of climate change vulnerability and energy. In addition to this, there are a suite of additional study areas that can contribute to increasing our knowledge and action in areas like psychology, art, communication, philosophy, computer technology and AI, engineering, chemistry, business and risk management, and many more. We must think outside the box and across disciplines to meet this challenge in new and innovative ways.

Personal Research Projects

Search the Programs and Courses website and ask your course convenor about special research projects available within your degree where you can tailor a small research project which incorporates ANU Below Zero goals.

Contact us for advice on where you can make an impact.

 

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