• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Andrew Hogg
    • Prof Michael Roderick
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course EMSC2021
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
    See Future Offerings

Climate change has been identified as one of the biggest challenges facing  humankind. The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific  principles and empirical evidence that underpin the modern understanding of  anthropogenic climate change. We will develop a quantitative understanding of  the fundamental physics (radiation and surface energy balance, dynamics)  governing the earth system. We will examine the synthesis of climate  observations to discern current global trends and investigate past climates. In  particular, we will analyse uncertainties in the current predictions and outline  ways in which the scientific community is moving to refine these predictions.  Key components of the course will be informed using insights from ongoing  research within the ARC Centre of Excellence in Climate System Science.

Note: Graduate students in this course attend joint classes with  undergraduates but are assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Apply fundamental physics to the theory of global warming;

2. Describe the historical development of the scientific underpinnings of the theory of global warming;

3. Explain current constraints on (i) our understanding of climate change, (ii) climate observations and (iii) climate models;

4. Evaluate the uncertainties in climate predictions;

5. Discuss and evaluate the accuracy of public statements on climate change in the popular press.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Assignments (70%, LO 1-5)
  • Laboratory Classes (30%, LO 1 and 3)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Five contact hours per week comprising lectures and practicals/tutorials. Students are expected to spend an average of a further 5 hours per week on work related to the course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed MATH1013 or MATH1115 or PHYS1101. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed EMSC3029 or PHYS3029 or EMSC2021.

Prescribed Texts

Pierrehumbert, R. T. (2010), Principles of Planetary Climate, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Assumed Knowledge

Elementary Calculus

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8165 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions