Environmental Studies

Description

This course provides an informative introduction to the fundamental aspects of biology and ecology 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, it is equally relevant to all students by providing an informative insight into important issues for today's environmentally conscious world.

Topics includes genetics, evolution, the diversity of life, extinctions, captive breeding, environments and ecosystems, habitat loss, protected areas, ecotourism and climate change

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

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand key concepts in environmental science.

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

3. Apply critical thinking to address problems in environmental science.

4. Synthesise information and key concepts to produce a scientific report or address problems in environmental science.

Content

  1. Environmental protection; sustainability and conservation
  2. Taxonomy; The diversity of life
  3. Patterns of life; Inheritance; Genetics
  4. Life in the past; Evolution and natural selection; Sexual selection
  5. Biodiversity: Measures and threats; Ex situ conservation; Wildlife trade
  6. Organisms and environments; ecological interactions
  7. Patterns of abundance and dispersal; Biogeography
  8. Habitat loss, fragmentation and restoration; Protected areas; Ecotourism
  9. Global climate change; Biodiversity impacts

Assessment Items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Practical Demonstration: Fieldwork & Worksheet

Written Assignment: Environmental Essay Plan

Essay: Environmental Essay

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Practical

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term

Tutorial

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