Available in 2021
Course code



20 units



Course handbook


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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Utilise data and produce and interpret diagrams relevant to environmental biology and ecology;

3. Relate theory to practical applications in environmental biology and ecology;

4. Produce a report or address issues in environmental biology and ecology by critical thinking, drawing conclusions, and synthesising information and key concepts.


  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


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

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Practical Demonstration: Fieldwork and Report

Portfolio: Portfolio

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Test

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


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


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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.