Course handbook


This course provides an informative introduction to the fundamental aspects of 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 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 environments, ecosystem diversity, habitat loss, protected areas, climate change, ecotourism and current environmental issues.

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

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Define, explain and apply key concepts in environmental ecology;

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

3. Demonstrate the ability to relate theory to practical applications in environmental ecology;

4. Apply critical thinking, draw conclusions and synthesise information and key concepts to produce a report or address issues in environmental ecology.


The core topics of the course are:

  1. Organisms & environments; ecological interactions
  2. Distribution & abundance; dispersal; biogeography
  3. Habitat threats; Protected Areas; ecotourism
  4. Climate change: causes, impacts and mitigation


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Practical Demonstration: Fieldwork and Report

In Term Test: Mid-semester Test

Portfolio: Portfolio

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


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


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