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Climate Change:Agric.Impacts&Adaptation (AGRI90057)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeAGRI90057
Campus
Parkville
Availability
July
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Global food production is facing many challenges to meet current and future demand. Impacts of climate change on agriculture will add stress to our ability to produce enough food for a growing population with fewer resources. Adapting agriculture to climate change to meet these needs is a critical challenge for current and future generations.

This subject will examine the potential impacts of climate change on agricultural production and explore adaptation options within various sectors of agriculture and food production. This exploration of adaptation options will include consideration of barriers that may hinder effective adaptation..

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students are expected to be able to:

  • Understand the principles of adaptation (incremental through to transformational) and an ability to articulate what this looks like in different regions/industries
  • Briefly discuss the global context for food supply
  • Understand the impacts of climate change on different regions/industries
  • Discuss adaptation to climate in context with other key drivers affecting industry productivity and terms of trade (markets, genetics, logistics, input and labour costs, etc)

Generic skills

  • A profound respect for truth, intellectual and professional integrity, and the ethics of scholarship Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research An ability to derive, interpret and analyse social, technical or economic information from primary and other sources
  • Awareness of and ability to utilise appropriate communication technology and methods for the storage, management and analysis of data
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation, through the application of skills and knowledge
  • Ability to integrate information across a relevant discipline to solve problems in applied situations
  • Highly developed computer - based skills to allow for effective on-line learning and communication
  • Highly developed written communication skills to allow informed dialogue with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
  • Highly developed oral communication skills to allow informed dialogue and liaison with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
  • Appreciation of social and cultural diversity from a regional to a global context
  • Ability to participate effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability to plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects

Last updated: 29 April 2017