Australian Human and Environmental Systems

Course code EPHUMA312Units 20English 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
ObjectivesOn 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).
ContentThe 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.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsSeminar paper, 10% Develop skills in collecting relevant information from various sources. Demonstrate powers of critical analysis.
Examination: FormalFinal examination in the University examination period, 50% Assesses the ability of the student to organise and write answers in a limited time and address examination questions.
Laboratory ExercisesWeekly Laboratory/Workshops, 20% Develop literacy, numeracy, mapping, computer, tutorial and presentation skills. Develop critical and analytical skills. Demonstrate the ability to work individually and in groups and use relevant and appropriate technology.
Presentations - ClassSeminar presentation, 10% Demonstrate the ability to communicate geographical processes and concepts in a clear manner. Develop communication skills.
ReportsField trip report, 10% Designed to enhance problem solving ability. Develop the ability to work systematically in the field, and develop competency in practical techniques.
Contact HoursLecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term