Australian Human and Environmental Systems
|Course code EPHUMA312||Units 20||English Language & Foundation Studies Centre|
Australian Human and Environmental Systems allows students to develop a greater understanding of the world we live in. It investigates the dramatic events that shape the modern physical and human environment. It examines the human-landscape-environment systems through a program of lectures, practicals and fieldwork covering topics that include climate change, soil erosion and biodiversity, economic development and minority and ethnic diversity. It also reviews the impact of humans on Australian ecosystems and explores the implications for the management of the environment. Students develop hands-on-skills and techniques transferable to other subject areas. EPHUMA312 Australian Human and Environmental Systems will provide students with the basis to continue in Geography, Environmental Science, Ecology and/or Biology either through a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Not available in 2014
|Previously offered in 2009, 2008, 2005, 2004|
|Objectives||On completion of EPHUMA312 Australian Human and Environmental Systems, students will demonstrate:|
1. an in-depth understanding of the key processes that have shaped the cultural and natural landscape.
2. a knowledge of geographical concepts relating to the functioning and interaction of population, society, settlement, and the environment.
3. skills in the measurement of geographical and environmental processes and enhanced field observation through the use of field and laboratory techniques (including computer software) and the construction and interpretation of maps and graphs.
4. the ability to develop transferable skills of critical analysis and evaluation of data sources, numeracy and literacy and communication skills (written and oral).
|Content||The core components of EPHUMA312 Australian Human and Environmental Systems include:|
1. Introduction to systems: general systems theory; biophysical systems; human-environmental systems.
2. Physical systems: climate and atmospheric effects; waterways and coastal systems; soils and erosion; biogeochemical cycles; management and policy issues.
3. Ecosystems: biodiversity; species interdependence; conservation and preservation; management and planning issues; sustainability.
4. Human systems: traditional Aboriginal systems; European resource development; population growth; urban growth; economic and social policies and planning.
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Teaching Methods||Problem Based Learning|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term