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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Prof. Jason Beringer
Unit rules
Successful completion of
72 points in your chosen degree
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.
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
workshops: 2 hours per week (flexible)
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  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.