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GLBE11-100: Climate Change and the Future World January 2021 [Standard]

General information

Understanding how the planet works has never been more important as a topic in tertiary education. A practical understanding of that and how it can affect humanity is vital. That knowledge will be required to combat climate change through all career structures. Understanding climate change is now as important as learning how the economy, the legal system and how our national and international society works because it will affect all these in the future. 

This subject is an introduction to climate change through Earth and Global Systems, climate mechanisms, ocean and atmospheric interactions and changes in the future world. In this subject, the climate change complexity is explained within the realm of general undergraduate knowledge. Current and future outcomes of climate change are discussed together with climate processes, human activity, impacts on biodiversity, the oceans and biological extinction. Major issues arising include drought, desertification, rising heat, natural disasters and loss of habitats and habitable and agricultural areas. Increasing sea levels and severe weather events will impact human habitation, cause forced migration, food production and the loss of animals, fish, and their habitats. All these issues will challenge the world’s economic systems, political boundaries, global communities, international law, geopolitical boundaries and our philosophy towards others and the natural world. Forced population movement and migrations caused by sea level rise as well as changes in disease patterns will compound these problems, particularly with a growing world population.

The subject will provide students with the ability to filter out misinformation about the causes and consequences of climate change, and how they can face their future with a greater understanding of how to tackle a changing world.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:GLBE11-100
Subject title:Climate Change and the Future World
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

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Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours


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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify and classify factors contributing to the complexity of climate change and climate processes.
  2. Formulate and convey their knowledge and understanding of climate change to others.
  3. Generate solutions to unpredictable and complex problems involved in climate change.
  4. Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility in dealing with and understanding climate change processes and problems globally.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Online Quiz The Mid-Term Test will be administered by iLearn 50% Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4.
Project Seminar presentation: Students will investigate a climate change topic and present the results of their research in weeks 11 and 12 (in groups of 2-3, to be decided in class). 50% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Introduction and General Overview of Climate Change and Associate Issues

1, 2, 3.

Earth Systems, population and Past Climate

1, 2, 4.

Climate proxies and mass extinctions

1, 2, 3, 4.

Examining world ice changes

1, 2, 3, 4.

Earth-Atmosphere energy balance

1, 2, 3, 4.

Ocean function and CO2

1, 2, 3, 4.

The mid-term test will be administered by iLearn in Week 7

1, 2, 3, 4.

Geological functions and climate

1, 2, 3, 4.

Planetary life and threats from climate change

1, 2, 3, 4.

Human encroachment on the biosphere and the resultant change in the status of animal life

1, 2, 3, 4.

Modelling climate for the future and a case study of research into our past climate

1, 2, 3, 4.

Student presentations weeks 11 & 12

1, 2, 3, 4.
Approved on: Aug 5, 2020. Edition: 1.3
Last updated: Aug 5, 2020.