Courses & Units

Our Changing Climate KGA320

Hobart

Introduction

Human induced climate change is arguably the most serious problem currently facing our planet. Detection and attribution of human induced climate change requires an understanding of the mechanisms of natural climate variability as well as climate change. Earth's climate is a coupled system between atmosphere, ocean, land surface, biota, snow and ice. Gaining an understanding of how our climate system works is an important first step to more confidently diagnosing and potentially predicting the effects of human induced climate change. In this unit, we will learn about how Earth's climate works. We will begin to understand mechanisms underpinning important known natural climate variations such as El Nino Southern Oscillation and the Antarctic Oscillation. To achieve these ends, we examine global observations (in situ and by satellite) and learn about global climate models; consider detection and attribution techniques to discern human induced climate change above natural variability; and examine recent statements by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on human induced climate change.

Summary

Unit name Our Changing Climate
Unit code KGA320
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Land & Food
Discipline Geography and Spatial Science
Coordinator A/Prof NJ Holbrook
Teaching staff

A/Prof NJ Holbrook

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

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International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 16/7/2018 10/8/2018 3/9/2018 21/10/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2017: $1,131.00 2017: $2,055.00 010701

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Requisites

Prerequisites

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures weekly, 10 x 3-hr practicals

Assessment

3-hr exam (50%), practical work (25%), 2000-word essay (25%)

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Textbooks

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