Climate Change III - Research Project

Subject UNIB30003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture/tutorial per week; with additional enrichment activities including some lectures, expert panel discussions, up to a total of 8 hours.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours including contact hours, class preparation and reading and assessment-related tasks

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Or evidence of a subject understanding as to the causes and impacts of climate change

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:


Prof Rodney Keenan


Subject Overview:

This final subject of the climate change breadth sequence will provide a capstone and integrated assessment experience related to this climate change mitigation, impact assessment or adaptation. A key part of this subject is a research project on an applied problem that may be undertaken with a partner such as a community group, school, government department or agency, industry or other organisation. Each student will work as part of a small multi-disciplinary team. Students will learn how to work across disciplines and to work effectively in teams to deliver an agreed output. A member of the university faculty will oversee each team. All projects are presented to an expert panel of community and industry professionals in the final weeks.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Better understand climate change mitigation and adaptation options in the local context.
  • Apply knowledge of climate change to real world challenges
  • Analyse climate change related problems and evaluate potential solutions
  • Creatively work in multi-disciplinary teams to develop and present practical solutions
  • An individual research report of 3000 words, due at end of semester (worth 60%).
  • Oral presentations, proposal preparation and critical reflection pieces (equivalent to 1000 words) due during the semester (worth 40%).
  • Minimum attendance of 9 (75%) tutorials required.
Prescribed Texts: None
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.

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Generic Skills:

On the completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • The ability to write a logically argued and properly researched essay.
  • The ability to critically assess information from a range of sources, and assess its quality and relevance to the questions under consideration.
  • The ability to work as part of a small multi-disciplinary team on a major project.
  • The development of project leadership skills.
  • Oral communication skills through presentation and investigation of relevant material.
Related Breadth Track(s): Climate Change
Climate and Water

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