Environmental Science

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, Environmental Science or Development Studies.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2017

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of key concepts in environmental biology and ecology

2. Demonstrate the ability to utilise data and produce and interpret diagrams relevant to environmental biology and ecology

3. Demonstrate an advanced ability to relate theory to practical applications in environmental biology and ecology

4. Apply critical thinking to draw conclusions, identify relationships and address problems in environmental biology and ecology

5. Synthesise information and key concepts to produce a report or address problems in environmental biology and ecology

Content

  1. Environmental protection; sustainability and conservation
  2. Systematics and taxonomy, the diversity of life
  3. Genes and genetics; conservation genetics
  4. Evolution: theory and evidence; genetics and natural selection
  5. Biodiversity threats; ex situ conservation; wildlife trade
  6. Organisms and environments; ecological interactions
  7. Distribution & abundnace; dispersal; biogeography
  8. Habitat threats; Protected Areas; ecotourism
  9. Climate change: causes, impacts and mitigation

Requisite

You cannot enrol in this course if you are enrolled in EPBIOL140 or EPBIOL240.

Assessment Items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Practical Demonstration: Fieldwork & Report

Portfolio: Portfolio

In Term Test: In Term Test

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

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