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Climate Change ll (UNIB20001)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeUNIB20001
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will allow students to further develop their understanding of climate change through a detailed consideration of future mitigation options and adaptation strategies in four areas of critical concern.

These areas include (1) energy generation and use, (2) cities and urban development, (3) water and food security, and (4) terrestrial and marine biodiversity. The subject will explore the social, environmental, economic, political and legal implications of implementing mitigation and adaptation strategies in each of these areas.

The emphasis on mitigation and adaptation and their potential interactions within particular sectors will consolidate knowledge and develop the expertise necessary for the multi-disciplinary projects in the third year subject.

Intended learning outcomes

The subject will consolidate understanding of the disciplines relevant to understanding climate change. As with the prerequisite subject, students will continue to remain involved with and focussed on the issues of immediate debate within the community, as well as developing an understanding of the long-term implications of climate change.

Outcomes of the second year subject will include an understanding of the analytical framework necessary for developing future social, environmental, economic and political responses to climate change, as well as an appreciation of the difficulties of implementing changes in policy.

Generic skills

On the completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Quantitative skills, including an appreciation of statistical methods;
  • The ability to write a logically argued and properly researched essay;
  • The ability to critically assess information from a range of sources, and assess its quality and relevance to the questions under consideration.
  • The ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team on a major project.
  • Oral communication skills through presentation and investigation of relevant material.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
UNIB10007 Introduction to Climate Change
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects


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.

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



  • A research essay of 3,000 words - 60%, due during the examination period
  • weekly practical exercises due in tutorials - 40%.

Hurdle requirement: 75% minimum attendance at tutorials.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorPeter Rayner
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTwo 1-hour lectures per week, one 2-hour tutorial per week; 8 hours of additional activities. Total 56 hours.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 14 August 2019