GEOG3304 Environmental Change

Credit
6 points
Offering

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective
Content
The scientific basis for predicting the impact of environmental change on global systems is investigated by studying the underlying processes. The impact of environmental change on global biomes and the human imprint on oceans, the atmosphere and land is considered. The scientific assumptions and limitations in predicting environmental change are explored. Students acquire the skills necessary to critically review evidence and interpret data to understand environmental processes and change at both local and global scales.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand the controls of environmental change processes; (2) understand the nature of recent and future climate changes; (3) appreciate how climate impacts on the wider global environment; (4) place the science of future climate change into a scientific context; (5) acquire skills necessary to examine evidence and interpret scientific data for understanding environmental processes and climate change; and (6) acquire the ability to synthesise and communicate scientific information related to environmental and climate change.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a critical review of scientific literature; (2) an integrated group research project; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Prof. Jason Beringer
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
completion of 72 points
Advisable prior study:
ENVT2220 The Climate System or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity, or Level 2 units in Geographical Sciences, Environmental Science, or similar fields of study.
Incompatibility:
EART3320 Environmental Change
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 2 hours per week (flexible)
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.