Brochure on Climate Change -Coursework

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Assignment 2: Brochure on Climate Change

All assignments must be submitted to on the specified due date and time. A hard copy of the brochure has to be handed in class before the lecture begins

Evaluation: (40 marks) 20%

Climate change is a topic that you often hear and read about. Research done by climate scientists around the world is showing that climate change will seriously affect natural ecosystems, water resources, economies, human health, etc. Examples of some climate change topics that you can work on include:

– water (eg. water tied to food supply, water shortage, ecosystem integrity)
– melting ice sheets (eg. Arctic or Antarctic ice)
– melting glaciers
– rising sea levels
– rising tides and land (eg. beach) erosion
– rising air temperature
– rising ocean temperatures
– ocean acidification
– species at risk
– geographic range changes of species
– extreme weather events (eg. hurricanes)
– natural ecosystems (eg. forest, fresh water, marine ecosystems)
– agriculture
– human health (extension of ranges of tropical parasites and diseases)
– pollution (eg. Alberta tar sands)
– exploitation (eg. drilling in the Arctic)

If you want to research a climate change topic not included in the list above, e-mail me your suggested topic and I will respond to you before you begin working on it.

Pick a specific topic relating to climate change that you are most interested in researching and learning more about. Using legal-size paper (8.5" x 14"), create a 3-panel or 4-panel double-sided brochure on your specific climate-change topic. A brochure is an informational pamphlet that grabs the attention of readers and provides them with knowledge on a specific topic. Brochures communicate the most important information in a well-designed, brief, but informative package. All written information, pictures, tables, graphs, etc. should fit in your brochure; use subheadings, textboxes, and bullets to organize information and break up text.

Your brochure should follow the following format:
COVER PAGE: (5 marks)
– needs an accurate/informative title
– design it to be striking; catch the readers’ attention
– include a picture relevant to your topic, names and student numbers of both partners, course number, and due date.

– define/discuss climate change and some of its causes in relation to your chosen topic
– provide basic background information on your specific topic (species, habitat, human activity/impact etc.)

DISCUSSION (12 marks) use subheadings given below (plus you can add additional ones, if needed)
– include informative tables, graphs, pictures, pie charts, maps where appropriate (a minimum of 1 table, graph, and picture are required; can be placed under any subheading)
Human activity: (in relation to your specific topic)
– list the activities of humans (past and current) that are contributing to climate change
Consequences of climate change: (in relation to your specific topic)
– what are the consequences of local and global climate change to humans and to other species inhabiting the ecosystem/s you are discussing
– what are the consequences of local and global climate change to the whole ecosystem
– is climate change leading to potential extinction events
Action needed: (in relation to your specific topic)
– list ways humans can attempt to change, minimize, and/or reverse the negative impacts of climate change

CONCLUSION: (5 marks)
– very briefly, highlight the most important information about climate change that already has or will have far-reaching effects and /or critical implications for humans and the health of our natural environment

REFERENCES: (5 marks)
– make sure your text is properly referenced; use can use numbers to save space (eg., Research shows that some species may have gone extinct because they failed to adapt to harsh new conditions1. (The number 1 refers to the first journal article on your reference list; articles should be in alphabetical order). If there are no citations in the text of your brochure, you will lose 50%.
– a Reference List is to be included at the very end of your brochure (I suggest a textbox with references typed in small, but readable font size that will not take up much space)
must include:
– 3 scientific journal articles (at least one primary article, the other 2 can be review (secondary) articles, but all3 have to be published in scientific, peer-reviewed journals (don’t hesitate to ask Joanna or another librarian for help)
– 2 reputable web sites (examples:,,, etc.)
– books (optional)

Use the following format for your reference list:
1. A typical journal citation:
Author. Article Title. Journal Title, Volume(Issue), Pages (Year)
Vörösmarty, C. J., Green, P., Salisbury, J. & Lammers, R. Global water resources: vulnerability from climate change and population growth. Science 289, 284–288 (2000)
2. A typical book citation:
Author. Book Title. (Publisher,Year).
Karl T. R., Melillo J. M., Peterson T. C. Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
3. A citation that refers to a particular chapter in a book. This means you will have more than one title – the book title and the chapter title BUT, unlike journals, magazines, and newspapers, you will still have the publisher information included at the end. Debe, M. K. in Handbook of Fuel Cells—Fundamentals, Technology and Applications (eds Vielstich, W., Lamm, A. & Gasteiger, H. A.) Ch. 45 (John Wiley & Sons, 2003)
4. A typical webpage citation:
References to websites should give authors if known, title of cited page, URL in full, and year of posting in parentheses.
Author. Page Title. URL. (Year)
Convention on Biological Diversity. Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. (2004)

WRITING: (5 marks)
Because a brochure does not give you as much space for writing as an essay does, make sure you focus on the most important points discussed in your articles and on your chosen websites. Carefully proof read your brochure before submission. Pay attention to organization of thought and flow of ideas, clarity, spelling, grammar, punctuation, labeled tables and graphs, citations, etc.

Make sure you submit a double-sided brochure on legal-size paper (8.5" x 14") using a minimum font size of 10 (Reference List can be in a smaller font size). Your brochure should attract readers, be well-organized with thoughtful use of subheadings, bullets, pictures, tables, graphs, maps, et. The brochure should present a logical pathway through the panels.

Submission of assignments:
Each student has to submit the assignment, hard brochure copy in class and e-copy to Turnitin by the specified deadline.
When submitting your assignment to Turnitin, submit it as a normal word document, not as a brochure.

Policies regarding submission of Assignments: Students will be required to submit all assignments to for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University’s use of the service are described on the web site.

Academic integrity: Plagiarism and/or cheating are unacceptable. Please familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations around plagiarism.
The Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters (University of Toronto, Governing Council
Secretariat,1995, B.1. d-f) reads:
It shall be an offence for a student knowingly:
• to represent as one’s own any idea or expression of an idea or work of another in any
academic examination or term test or in connection with any other form of academic
work, i.e. to commit plagiarism;
• to submit, without the knowledge and approval of the instructor to whom it is
submitted, any academic work for which credit has previously been obtained or is
being sought in another course or program of study in the University or elsewhere;
• to submit any academic work containing a purported statement of fact or reference
to a source which has been concocted.


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