BZ5755 - Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Available to students admitted to postgraduate Science, postgraduate Development Practice,
and postgraduate Global Development degree programs and Graduate Diploma of Research
Climate change is now considered to be the most significant threat to global biodiversity
and represents a significant challenge to conservation biologists. This subject will
provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the implications of a changing
climate to the processes determining patterns of biodiversity and the healthy functioning
of natural ecosystems. It will cover all aspects of global change biology and present
the latest research on the consequences of climate change to biodiversity pattern
and process including documented impacts, predicting future impacts, possible methods
of mitigation and the potential for adaptation (both natural and assisted). Factors
that underpin the vulnerability of species and ecosystems will be considered along
with an exploration of how this understanding may help conservation managers minimize
biodiversity loss and the subsequent degradation of natural ecosystems.
- improved knowledge of methods for understanding patterns of biodiversity and predicting,
vulnerability to climate change;
- conservation planning in a changing climate;
- an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the impacts of global climate change on
the natural environment;
- improved skills in analysing data on climate change in the natural environment.
- Invigilated > End of semester exam - (50%)
- Invigilated > Tutorial attendance and participation - (20%)
- Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (30%).
|This subject will target students with a general knowledge in biology and/or ecology.
However an in-depth knowledge in these areas will be not be essential.
Study Period 7
|Census Date 09-Jul-2020
|Face to face teaching
22-Jun-2020 to 05-Jul-2020
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 21 hours lectures
- 11 hours tutorials
- 3 hours - Tests
- 24 hours fieldwork
- assessment and self-directed study
An enrolment quota applies to this offering.
Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process,
and in case
of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest