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HR920 - Climate Change

  • Module code: HR920
  • Module name: Climate Change
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Climate Change is widely agreed to be the most important environmental driver of economic and societal change for the 21st century. Almost all areas of policy and planning, commerce and production will take place in the context of how they affect or are affected by climate change outcomes. The purpose of this module is to provide a broad introduction to the science of climate change, its origins and consequences. This module presents the evidence for past and recent climate change. It will introduce the most important greenhouse gases, explain their origins and action. It will consider how predictions of future changes are made; introduce the scenarios that lie beneath them and how these are translated at different spatial and temporal scales. This will lead on to potential impacts, particularly with regard to ecosystems, agriculture and food security. The module will conclude by considering mitigation and adaptation to climate change, particularly in agricultural systems

Principal learning outcomes

Students will have a clear understanding of the evidence for climate change and knowledge of future scenarios and climate predictions. They will also understand the risks to food security associated with climate change.

Timetabled teaching activities

30 hours (13 h lectures, 8 h seminars and tutorials, 9 h workshops)

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: HR920-10)
A1 (Assessed work only) Data handling and 1500 word report 40%
  Assessed presentation 60%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate (D4A1) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century (D4A2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Food Security (D4A3) - Year 1
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Integrative Bioscience (C1PK) - Year 1