Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
An enrolment quota of 23 students (in undergraduate and post-graduate offering) applies to this subject. For detailed information on the quota subject application process, enrolment deadlines and selection preferences, refer to the Faculty of Science website: http://science.unimelb.edu.au/students/course-planning-and-advice
Students undertake field trip experiences that will require them to be physically capable of undertaking outdoor field work in remote locations.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: Lectures: 14 x 1 hr (10 x 1 hr lectures will be given in the week prior to the field trip; the remainder will take place during the field trip and the first 4 weeks of semester 1) Field study: 11 x 8 hr days (the field trip will take place in early to mid February, prior to Sem. 1) Practicals: 4 x 2 hr (to take place during the first 4 weeks of Sem. 1) |
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|Recommended Background Knowledge:||
At least some background in Physical Geography and/or Earth Science is strongly recommended. That is, students are expected to have completed one or more 2 nd yr physical geography/earth science subjects. Interested students who are unsure if they possess sufficient academic background are welcome to contact the coordinator for advice.
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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
CoordinatorAssoc Prof Russell Drysdale
This subject examines the nature and causes of past changes in Earth’s climate during the Quaternary Period (the last 2.7 million years), with a particular emphasis on the last glacial-interglacial cycle. It aims to place modern climate and the projections of future global warming into a longer-term perspective, and will allow students to understand why human interference in the climate system may be a legitimate cause for concern. Emphasis is placed on how Earth materials (ice, rocks, sediments, biological materials) record past climate changes, the techniques used to extract this ‘palaeoenvironmental information’, and the principles that govern how this information is interpreted. A series of lectures covering the theoretical elements of the subject will immediately precede 10 days of field study (in either Tasmania, mainland SE Australia or New Zealand). The field component focuses on how particular environments (e.g. coastal, lake, fluvial, cave, and glacial) preserve evidence of past climate change. Additional lectures and practicals following completion of the field work will focus on the types of analytical methods employed in this field, the nature of the data that are produced and how these are processed and interpreted. By the end of the subject, students will not only appreciate the dynamics of Earth’s past climate and the mechanisms that have forced it, but also the way in which we practice this important and growing field of study.
Student numbers are subject to a quota. . The estimated cost of the field trip is in the vicinity of $900. The field trip will take place in the week prior in February.
At the completion of this subject, students will have a comprehensive understanding of:
Students will also gain extensive skills in the following:
|Prescribed Texts:|| |
William Ruddiman 2 nd Ed (2014) Earth’s Climate: past and future. 3 rd edition. WH Freeman, New York.
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Master of Science (Geography) |
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