GEOG106-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Global Environmental Change

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021

Description

An exploration of major environmental changes happening at the global scale. With a particular focus on climate, ice, freshwater, and ocean processes, we investigate how geospatial monitoring and other tools are used to address global environmental challenges. We look at how human activities are interacting with Earth systems, and aim to empower people to improve environmental and societal resilience at a range of scales.

2021 Covid-19 Update:
Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials, field trips and assessments.

Global Environmental Change takes a geographic (holistic) approach to examining key environmental challenges. As a first step we examine how natural systems operate, for example the hydrological system and the climate system, and then we explore how these system interact. Once natural systems, and ways to monitor and measure them, are understood, we then consider the roles of humans within these systems. Since global environmental challenges cannot be solved by only considering one part of Earth’s system, this course takes an integrated approach. We only have one Earth, so let’s learn how to look after it! Thinking about global environmental change can be daunting. So through-out this course, we explore both challenges and solutions, demonstrating how innovative thinking, new technologies, and you as future scientists have an important role to play in Earth’s future.

Learning Outcomes

The goal of this course is to enable students to investigate some of the key global environmental issues of our time, as a means to better understanding and management of the risks that they present to us all.  Laboratory classes will provide the opportunity to explore the key issues and concepts in the lecture programme in a more practical way, by applying analytical tools to investigate the nature and causes of environmental change.

After completing this course you should be able to:
Describe the evidence for, and nature and causes of global environmental change
Explain in detail how relevant natural systems, for example the atmosphere and the hydrological cycles, operate and interact.
Demonstrate how human behaviours and natural processes interact, and explain how this knowledge can be used to mitigate or adapt to observed environmental change.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Restrictions

GEOG103

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 K1 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 K1 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Haere-roa 118 Ngaio Marsh Theatre (22/7-26/8, 16/9-30/9, 14/10-21/10)
K1 Lecture Theatre (7/10)
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 164 Geog/Geol Lab
26 Jul - 1 Aug
9 Aug - 22 Aug
13 Sep - 19 Sep
27 Sep - 10 Oct
02 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 164 Geog/Geol Lab
2 Aug - 15 Aug
23 Aug - 29 Aug
20 Sep - 3 Oct
11 Oct - 17 Oct
03 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 164 Geog/Geol Lab
26 Jul - 1 Aug
9 Aug - 22 Aug
13 Sep - 19 Sep
27 Sep - 10 Oct
04 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 164 Geog/Geol Lab
2 Aug - 15 Aug
23 Aug - 29 Aug
20 Sep - 3 Oct
11 Oct - 17 Oct
05 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 164 Geog/Geol Lab
26 Jul - 1 Aug
9 Aug - 22 Aug
13 Sep - 19 Sep
27 Sep - 10 Oct
06 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 164 Geog/Geol Lab
2 Aug - 15 Aug
23 Aug - 29 Aug
20 Sep - 3 Oct
11 Oct - 17 Oct
07 Thursday 15:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 164 Geog/Geol Lab
26 Jul - 1 Aug
9 Aug - 22 Aug
13 Sep - 19 Sep
27 Sep - 10 Oct
08 Thursday 15:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 164 Geog/Geol Lab
2 Aug - 15 Aug
23 Aug - 29 Aug
20 Sep - 3 Oct
11 Oct - 17 Oct
09 Friday 10:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 164 Geog/Geol Lab
26 Jul - 1 Aug
9 Aug - 22 Aug
13 Sep - 19 Sep
27 Sep - 10 Oct
10 Friday 10:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 164 Geog/Geol Lab
2 Aug - 15 Aug
23 Aug - 29 Aug
20 Sep - 3 Oct
11 Oct - 17 Oct
11 Friday 12:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 164 Geog/Geol Lab
26 Jul - 1 Aug
9 Aug - 22 Aug
13 Sep - 19 Sep
27 Sep - 10 Oct
12 Friday 12:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 164 Geog/Geol Lab
2 Aug - 15 Aug
23 Aug - 29 Aug
20 Sep - 3 Oct
11 Oct - 17 Oct

Timetable Note

X3 one hour lectures per week
X6 two hour labs in selected weeks

Course Coordinator

Heather Purdie

Lecturers

Deirdre Hart , Simon Kingham and Peyman Zawar-Reza

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Online quizzes (x 5) 25%
Group presentation 10%
Individual written report 25%
Final Examination 40%


Online quizzes x5  - 25%
Group presentation -  10%
Individual report  -  25%
Exam  -  40%

Textbooks / Resources

Readings, sourced from journal papers, books and other literature, will be recommended each week for this course.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page .

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