Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Resilience of industry and society is underpinned by infrastructure and management plans that acknowledge, quantify and deal with climate risks. This course will emphasise the practical implications of the impacts of climate variability and change on, for example, water resources management, human health, ecological systems and policy development. Students will (i) critically evaluate the climate variability and climate change science (including the uncertainties and limitations of associated science) and (ii) learn about anticipated impacts of climate variability and change and the various mitigation and adaptive strategies which have been proposed. The course will give students exposure to, and the tools/knowledge to deal with, the climate related problems being faced by industry and society.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critically appraise information from a wide range of sources to produce a coherent synthesis of its contribution to climate change prediction, impacts, mitigation and adaptation;

2. Critically evaluate the feasibility, and impact of solutions for mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate variability and change;

3. Connect practical skills and theoretical knowledge to generate, analyse and interpret results relating to climate change and resource management;

4. Communicate research findings as suitable for a commissioning client; and

5. Work in groups to collaboratively plan, problem solve and execute a project.


The course will be split into three overlapping components:

  1. the projected impacts of climate change (including information on the uncertainties in the science behind the projections and models used), and
  2. possible climate change mitigation strategies for managing resources (including the issues associated with some of these strategies), and
  3. possible climate change adaptation strategies which are in response to the projections made.

This course will adopt an Earth System Science perspective in examining the science and assumptions involved in modelling climate change and will also investigate various climate change mitigation strategies. There will be an emphasis on practical implications and pros and cons associated with these management strategies and responses.


This course replaces ENVS3205. If you have successfully completed ENVS3205 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

GEOS1040 Earth's Dynamic Systems

GEOS1050 Earth Processess and Products

Assessment items

Report: Essay / Written Assignment

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Exercises from practical classes

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

NOTE: Practical classes may include seminars.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

NOTE:Workshop will provide optional student consultation time with Academics for feedback and discussion of major assignment.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.