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CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 May 2022


Examiner: Christa Pudmenzky


Adaptation to climate and environmental changes is a necessary response of society in order to mitigate associated risks to natural and human systems. However, opportunities may arise as well from a timely response to possible adverse changes. Adaptation and mitigation of climatic changes can reduce risks and financial costs to society on local, state, national and international levels. The course focuses on biodiversity, health, coasts, water resources, infrastructure, socio-economic systems, and disaster management.

Students are introduced to the role adaptation and mitigation measures play in society's response to climate change and variability. The course reviews the risks associated with climatic and environmental changes, introduces the tools that facilitate climate change adaptation and mitigation. Access to the internet is required.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe risk and vulnerability of human and natural systems to climate change;
  2. explain the concept of long-term climate changes and variability;
  3. assess mitigation options for a range of human and natural systems;
  4. evaluate the nexus between the climate change sciences and adaptation and mitigation policy processes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Climate system sciences 10.00
2. Framework of adaptation and mitigation 30.00
3. Adaptation to climate change in sectors 35.00
4. Assessment of adaptation measures 5.00
5. Mitigation technology and policy 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

IPCC 2014, Working Group II Report "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability",
Metz, B 2010, Controlling climate change, Cambridge University Press, New York.
Chapters from various reference books (see list of readings).

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay 1 No 30 1,2,4
Assignments Written Essay 2 No 30 1,2,3
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 1,2,3,4
Date printed 17 May 2022