Climate Change:Agric.Impacts&Adaptation

Subject AGRI90057 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

June, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Jun-2015 to 21-Aug-2015
Assessment Period End 25-Sep-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 09-Jul-2015
Census Date 17-Jul-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 28-Aug-2015

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 20-Jul-2015 to 25-Jul-2015
Assessment Period End 28-Aug-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 21-Jul-2015
Census Date 31-Jul-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 14-Aug-2015

This subject is available either online for 8 weeks in June (external), or for one week as an on campus intensive in July.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of seminars either online or via an intensive week.
Total Time Commitment:

  • June - Taught ONLINE 29th June - 21st August 2015
  • July- Taught on campus 20th July - 25th July 2015


Eligibility for honours or graduate degree

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:


Dr Rebecca Darbyshire


Subject Overview:

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..

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).


  • Assignment 1 (1000 words, 15%), due online : Week 3; due on campus: one week after teaching period ends.
  • Assignment 2 - Group Task (500 words per student, 20%), due online: two weeks after teaching period ends: due on campus: four weeks after the teaching period ends.
  • Assignment 3 (3,500 words, 65%), due online: four weeks after teaching period ends; due on campus: four weeks after teaching period ends.

*Online discussion participation throughout semester. It is a hurdle requirement that a minimum grade of 50% is achieved in this component.

Prescribed Texts:

Stokes, C., Howden, M., (2010) Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change. CSIRO Publishing, Australia 2010

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Sciences
Graduate Certificate in Food Science
Graduate Certificate in Wine Technology and Viticulture
Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Sciences
Graduate Diploma in Food Science
Master of Agribusiness
Master of Agribusiness (Coursework)
Master of Agricultural Science
Master of Animal Science
Master of Food Science
Master of Urban Horticulture
Master of Wine Technology and Viticulture
Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Food Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point (A) Master of Agricultural Sciences
200 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
Climate Change
Climate Change
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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