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Australia's Changing Climate (8725.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science



    This unit will introduce students from both scientific and non-scientific backgrounds to a scientific framework in which to investigate the many facets encompassing global warming, climate change and its effects on Australia. Students will gain hands-on experience with climatic data and their analysis and interpretation. The unit covers topics on climate and climate systems using evidence from the distant past as well as more recent data with specific reference to Australia; sensitivity of the climate balance on external inputs to the atmosphere; consequences of climate change; options and barriers to mitigation and adaptation. In particular, the unit emphasises concepts and techniques used to integrate and interpret multiple sources of disparate data and information; methods used to identify evidence from belief and how to use evidence to develop informed policy and practise.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the earth-atmosphere-ocean system and its equilibria; demonstrate an understanding of scientific evidence, quality and relevance;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of how evidence, opinions and belief have been integrated into climate change decisions and policy;
    3. demonstrate an understanding of alternative options for mitigation and adaptation;
    4. discuss these topics with specific emphasis on Australian climate, biodiversity, ecology, human health and well-being;
    5. demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills, especially with evaluation and interpretation of data from many sources;
    6. demonstrate developed skills in communication and working with each other through tutorials/workshops; and
    7. demonstrate developed skills in information literacy and numeracy through search, collation and analysis of evidence. The unit is deeply steeped in professional ethics, social responsibility and personal attributes.

    Contact Hours

    Five Hours



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