Environmental Studies 1


This course provides an informative introduction to the fundamental aspects of biology relevant to the many issues confronting us in today's environmentally conscious world, whilst considering the sustainable use and conservation of the natural environment.

Although it will form the basis for subsequent study in this area anyone with an interest in environmental issues, but not wishing to pursue studies in science, will also find it an informative insight into the natural world.

Topics include genetics, evolution, the diversity of life, extinctions and captive breeding.

The course is particularly valuable to students intending to study Teaching, Marine Science, Sustainable Resource Management, Environmental Science or Development Studies.



  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. An understanding of key environmental science concepts.

2. The ability to conduct a search of the literature to identify and evaluate information relevant to an identified issue or problem.

3. The application of critical thinking to address problems in environmental science.

4. The ability to synthesise information and key concepts to produce a report or address problems in environmental science.


The core topics of the course are:

  1. Environmental protection, sustainability and conservation
  2. Systematics and taxonomy; the diversity of life
  3. Genes & genetics; conservation genetics
  4. Evolution: theory and evidence; genetics and natural selection
  5. Biodiversity threats; ex situ conservation; wildlife trade

Assessment Items

Quiz: Topic Quizzes

Written Assignment: Environmental Glossary

Written Assignment: Environmental Essay Plan

Essay: Environmental Essay

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks