Subject details

On successful completion of this subject you should be able to:

  1. critically assess the causes and scientific principles involved in the phenomenon of global warming
  2. describe the modelling of climate change scenarios and to assess the potential impacts of climate change on ecosystems and human society.
  3. consider and assess the possible responses to global warming
  4. describe the policy framework for addressing the causes and impacts of global warming.
    • The climate system and climate variability
    • Global climate models
    • Environmental impacts of climate change
    • Social and economic impact of climate change
    • Frameworks and protocols of climate change and national and global responses
    • Policies and technologies for adaptation
    • Policies and technologies for mitigation
    • Financing climate projects
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Quizzes
      • Printable format materials

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MUR-EENV632

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject addresses the scientific, technological and policy aspects of global warming. This is a global environmental issue that has potentially major implications for all life on earth, including human society. In recent years the subject of global warming has produced an intense international debate over the scientific basis of the measurements and predictions. The policy responses need to be understood in the context of the science and the controversy.

The assessment consists of quizzes (5%) , participation in the Discussion Forum on LMS on recent issues (5%), 1x Short report on selected climate science issues (20%), 1 x project report (35%) and an Examination (35%). A passing mark must be achieved in the exam to pass the unit. 1 online quiz will be posted after every 5 lectures. Each quiz has 10 questions that cover the topics and a time limit of 15 minutes to complete. The project report focusses on issues of national interest and equity in international climate change policy negotiations.

  • Mid term assignment 500 words (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam - Short-answer questions (35%)
  • Feasibility Study (35%)
  • 4 Online quizzes in total (5%)
  • Discussion Forum (5%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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