The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course will emphasise the practical implications of climate change associated with water resource management, human health, ecological systems and policy development. Students will engage with the critical evaluation of the science associated with climate change projections, the anticipated impacts of climate 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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. An exposure to the problems being faced by industry and society in relation to climate change impacts;

2. An ability to critically evaluate published information relating to climate change prediction, impacts, mitigation and adaptation;

3. Knowledge on possible options for mitigating and/or adapting to the impacts of climate change;

4. An awareness of some of the issues associated with the "climate change debate";

5. Experience in synthesising large amounts of information on a highly complex issue and presenting this information in an understandable, but also scientifically robust, way (both orally and in written form); and

6. Skill necessary to critique studies on the impacts of climate change.


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

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Presentation: Presentations - Group

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.