|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject will investigate the role of forests in the carbon cycle and in a changing climate. Students will learn the scientific basis for climate change and the impact that a changing climate might have on tree physiology and forest ecology. We will discuss the role forests play in the global carbon cycle and the degree to which forests or plantations can be used as a carbon sequestration option. We will evaluate the requirements for forest carbon accounting and will apply carbon accounting tools in hands-on accounting sessions with industry partners. This scientific understanding will be extended to discuss policy instruments under consideration in Australia and in the international arena for the potential role of forests in carbon emissions trading. The subject will equip students with state-of-the-art knowledge on the impact of climate change on forest ecosystems and with practical experiences in forest carbon accounting.
Intended learning outcomes
By the end of this subject students should:
- Be well informed in the international and national context of climate change science as it relates to forests
- Understand the response of forests to changing climate
- Be well informed on the role of forests in carbon sequestration and emissions trading
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
This course requires all students to actively and safely participate in field excursions and laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Student Equity and Disability Support.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- Short weekly quizzes which are based on material covered in prior week's lectures (10%),
- Oral presentation (10 mins) due during semester (25%),
- An essay (3000 words) due at the end of semester (65%).
Dates & times
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Stefan Arndt Mode of delivery On Campus — Burnley Contact hours 1 X 3-hour lecture per week, and 1 X 2-hour tutorial per week. There will also be an excursion in week 4. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
Additional delivery details
Please note that this subject has a pre-teaching period and during this time students will be required to read the article "Man made world" by Andrew Charlton (Quarterly Essay 44, 2011).
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.
- Subject notes
Students will participate in a 1-day field trip, scheduled to take place in week 4.
Students maybe be asked to contribute to, travel, and food expenses while in the field.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Master of Forest Ecosystem Science Course Master of Environmental Science Major Climate Change Major Conservation and Restoration Major Sustainable Forests Major Sustainable Forests Major Tailored Specialisation Major Tailored Specialisation Major Environmental Science Major Environmental Science Major Tailored Specialisation Major Climate Change
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.