Environmental Studies 2

Description

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.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2017

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

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

1. An understanding of key environmental science concepts.

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

3. The application of critical thinking to address problems in environmental science.

4. The ability to synthesise information and key concepts to produce a report or address problems in environmental science.

Content

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

Requisite

To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed EPBIOL140 and be active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment Items

Quiz: Topic Quizzes

Practical Demonstration: Fieldwork and Report

In Term Test: Mid-semester Test

Portfolio: Portfolio

Formal Examination: Fina Examination

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 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