Environmental Studies 1

Course code EPBIOL140Units 10English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

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, or Environmental Science or Development Studies.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
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 scientific report or address problems in environmental science.
ContentThe 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
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Problem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: Class
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPBIOL140