ENVR302-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Carbon and Environmental Change

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course explores our changing environment, driven largely by our linear economy (take-make-dispose). Particular emphasis is given to the ‘carbon currency’ and how carbon drives environmental change. There is an emphasis on developing solutions to environmental issues, especially to climate change adaptation and development of a circular economy. Tikanga Maori aspects of environmental change will be covered.

Learning Outcomes

We aim to use current environmental issues relating to carbon to teach the quantitative assessment of issues. Students will acquire knowledge on practical aspects of environmental monitoring as well as data processing and interpretation. A key element for any environmental scientist is the ability to work in teams with diverse skills and backgrounds. Students will learn key elements of producing a comprehensive team-based report on a selected environmental issue.

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.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

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.


ENVR209 or approval by the Head of School.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 102
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Rehua 102
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00 Christchurch/local region
4 Mar - 10 Mar
02 Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00 Christchurch/local region
11 Mar - 17 Mar
Field Trip B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
02 Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00 Christchurch/local region
25 Mar - 31 Mar
Field Trip C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00 Christchurch/local region
22 Apr - 28 Apr
02 Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00 Christchurch/local region
29 Apr - 5 May

Timetable Note

Two lectures per week.
Field trips to the Christchurch Red Zone, Kate Valley Landfill, and the Bromley Sewage Works.
One weekend field trip to either Mt White or Hanmer.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Brett Robinson


Jamie Shulmeister and David Frame

Visiting Lecturer: Maria Jesus Gutierrez-Gines


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Technical Report 1 30% Due start of Term 2
Technical Report 2 30% Due end of Term 2
Final Exam 40% Due date to be advised by Examinations Office in due course


Prerequisites: ENVR209 or GEOG209

Restrictions: ENVR301

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $978.00

International fee $4,988.00

* 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 .

All ENVR302 Occurrences

  • ENVR302-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024