Environmental Change

Subject 121-316 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available

Students taking this subject should have already completed 37.5 points at second/third year in geography, ecology or a cognate discipline, and must have completed at least one of the following subjects: 121-433, 121-310, 121-033, 121-030, 121-231, 121-021, 121-018, 121-071, 654-204, 606-204, 654-308, 606-207, 606-301, 606-310, 625-223, 625-313, 625-332, 107-007, 107-232, 202-201, 202-203, 220-307, 207-202 or relevant subjects in consultation with the subject coordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Ian Thomas
Subject Overview:

The Quaternary encompasses the past 2.5 million years of earth and human history. In this subject students will encounter topics such as climate changes, dating methods, glacial/interglacial cycles, sea level changes and associated biotic responses, palynology, the effects of hunter-gatherers on the environment, Quaternary geomorphology, and the development of modern landscapes. On completion of the subject students should be familiar with aspect of the Quaternary such as the major forces which have driven environmental change; the processes which operated to shape physical landscapes; the nature of anthropogenic impacts on landscapes. Students should acquire field and laboratory skills in palaeoenvironmental methods; in Quaternary geomorphological methods; and methods to analyse and reconstruct past environments.


An assignment of 4000 words 50% (due on the last day of semester) and a field report and exercises totalling 4000 words 50% (due on the last day of semester). Students must attend at least 80% of scheduled practical classes to be eligible to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have gained skills in the oral presentation of information and ideas to a small audience;

  • demonstrate advanced research and presentation skills;

  • engage effectively with others in field situations;

  • work independently;

  • write concise reports or essays.


This subject is run as a 10-day intensive field trip, usually to either Tasmania or Queensland. A quota of 30 students applies to this subject. Students should contact the School Office for further details. Students who have completed 121-458 Australian Quaternary Environments may not enrol in this subject.

Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 degree), or a combined BSc course (except for the BA/BSc) may receive science credit on the completion of this subject

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures
Environmental Studies
Geography Major

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