GEOG 2142 - Climate Change

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

Climate change is the greatest challenge for humanity in the 21st century and is particularly compelling for Australia. This course addresses this issue with reference to Australian and international case studies. In order to understand current global climate change, the course examines the record of historic and prehistoric climate before considering the scientific prognosis for climate change as summarised in the scientific reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The impacts of climate change on both society and the physical environment are then considered. The course will explore options to mitigate, and adapt to, the impacts of climate change. In particular, there will be an intensive examination of how climate change and its impacts on the environment can be managed.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 2142
    Course Climate Change
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Incompatible GEST 2042, GEST 2026 or GEST 3026
    Course Description Climate change is the greatest challenge for humanity in the 21st century and is particularly compelling for Australia. This course addresses this issue with reference to Australian and international case studies. In order to understand current global climate change, the course examines the record of historic and prehistoric climate before considering the scientific prognosis for climate change as summarised in the scientific reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The impacts of climate change on both society and the physical environment are then considered. The course will explore options to mitigate, and adapt to, the impacts of climate change. In particular, there will be an intensive examination of how climate change and its impacts on the environment can be managed.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor John Tibby

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. An understanding of climate and climate change processes at local to global scales
    2. An understanding of the policy framework in which environmental decisions are made in Australia and internationally
    3. Interdisciplinary problem-solving skills
    4. High quality written and verbal communication skills
    5. Ability to undertake data manipulation and interpretation
    6. Ability to work effectively in a team environment




    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2, 3

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    4, 6

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    4, 6

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    2, 3

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    2

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    5, 6

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    3, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is a wealth of published material relevant to the course. For example, there are over 200,000 individual publications in the Scopus database on “climate change”. Despite this wealth of information, there is no single text book that adequately summarises the key components of the course.

    Recommended resource are provided on the University's learning management system MyUni.

    To prepare for the course, you may wish to familiarise youself with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 6th Assessment Report.  The first part of the "report" (which is actually more than one report) is available here. The remaining parts of the report will be pubished in 2022 so it's a great year to be doing this course.

    There is quite a lot of technical language in this report which might be daunting at first, but this will be explained in the couse.



    For a perspective on climate change in Australia, the latest "State of the Climate" report is very useful:

    https://www.csiro.au/en/research/environmental-impacts/climate-change/state-of-the-climate
     

    Recommended Resources
    Recommended reading for each week's lecture/seminar and tutorial topics will be provided via MyUni


    Online Learning

    MyUni will be used for course-related announcements, recorded lecture/seminars and details of assessment

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    There are a number of teaching and learning modes in Climate Change. The course lectures and seminars provide both factual information about, and conceptual understanding of, climate change.  The tutorials provide an opportunity to explore specific themes in detail, while others are more practical - with an opportunity to explore climate data and climate projections.  The short essay/report permits an assessment of your progress and understanding while only being worth a relatively small proportion of your mark. The long essay is an opportunity for more in depth investigation of key topics. Finally, the exam will assess the extent to which students have developed their understanding through the course. Students have the opportunity to formulate their own assessment (in conjunction with the course co-ordinator).
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    ·        Structured learning (lectures and tutorials): 3 hours per week

    ·        Background reading and reading for specific tutorials: 4 hours per week

    ·        Project research and preparation: 3 hours per week (average)

    ·        Take home exam revision: 2 hours per week (average)

    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule









    Specific Course Requirements
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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Quiz Formative 20% 1,2,3,4
    Report
    on a key region of Australia
    Formative 30% 1,2,3,4
    Roundtable discussion Summative 10% 1,2,3,4
    Take home exam Summative 40% 1,2,3,4
    Assessment Detail
    Details will be provided on MyUni before the start of the semester

    Submission
    Submission of essays will be required through turnitin.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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