GEOG3304 Environmental Change

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Geographical Sciences major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
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.
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.
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
completion of 72 points
Advisable prior study:
ENVT2220 The Climate System
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity,
Level 2 units in Geographical Sciences, Environmental Science,
similar fields of study.
EART3320 Environmental Change
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 2 hours per week (flexible)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.