• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Forestry, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Climate
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Geoffrey Cary
    • Dr Joelle Gergis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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Australia is a country defined by dramatic extremes – our highly variable climate influences virtually every aspect of our lives. So what makes Australia the ‘land of drought and flooding rains’? What are the factors that influenced major bushfires, floods and droughts that have shaped Australian society? How is climate change influencing Australian climate variability and extremes? In this course we provide a foundation for understanding Australian weather, climate and bushfire science. It is designed to lead students into advanced third year courses in climatology, climate change, bushfire science, water resource management and climate change policy. It is also provides a multidisciplinary understanding of climate and bushfire science for students pursuing ecology, environmental science, natural resource management, or sustainability studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Describe the physical processes that drive weather, climate and bushfire in Australia.
  2. Analyse real-world data to characterise bushfire, flood and drought conditions.
  3. Understand how weather, climate and bushfires vary in location, scale and complexity.
  4. Reflect on how weather, climate and bushfire extremes are considered in decision making.
  5. Apply multidisciplinary thinking to course topics to understand contemporary challenges.
  6. Reflect upon, synthesise and explain learning outcomes 1-5 from a broad scale, to specific topics/events.

Other Information

A laptop is required for each Practical class. Please see the course convenors prior to Week 2 if this will be an issue.

If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form

Indicative Assessment

  1. Climate variability and change essay (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Practical review quiz (covering Weeks 2–6) Multiple choice (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Bushfire Behaviour Prediction Report (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  4. Final Examination (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lecture per week plus 1 x 2 hour practical.
  • Approximately 72 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.


Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units towards a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS6204.

Prescribed Texts

The course electronic reading list will be provided at the commencement of semester.

Preliminary Reading

The course electronic reading list will be provided at the commencement of semester.

Minors

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:
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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3954 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person View

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