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Water and Earth Science (ENV243)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description The unit describes the materials and processes in landscapes including rocks, regolith and soils; and the storage and movement of water within them. Geomorphology and groundwater hydrology are studied with emphasis on the interactions between water, soils and plants. Principles and processes of the water cycle and water balance are covered with particular reference to environmental degradation (salinity, eutrophication, groundwater pollution). Laboratory and field experiments give students hands-on exposure to these issues complemented by problem-based, numerical exercises.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Recognize key geological and geomorphological features and processes;
2. Recognize key soil properties, and describe their significance for plant growth;
3. Explain the principles of hydrology and the management of water in natural and managed systems.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week, Labs: 3 hours for 6 weeks and Fieldtrip: 1 x 8 hours.
External students should note that this unit has a compulsory week-long on-campus component.
Due to the nature of offering this unit students are recommended to seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator closer to the commencement date of the teaching period.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit combines formal lectures that explore the underlying principles of soil science, geomorphology and hydrology, with case studies that illuminate how this knowledge is critical in a range of applied environmental, contexts. Formal lectures are underpinned with readings from seminal publications. A series of field practicals give students the opportunity to study soils and hydrology in the field, and enhance the theoretical aspects of the unit. Several problem solving tutorials give students the opportunity to practice and execute simple calculations in hydrology, such as would be encountered in the workplace. Students are given the opportunity to illustrate their learning in a major assignment which integrates across the theoretical and practical aspects of the unit and a formal examination.
Other Learning Experiences Students are required to participate in a one-day field trip as part of the practical work. The practical work will comprise laboratory-based analyses and problem solving exercises and field excursions that examine environmental issues and their management.
External students should note that this unit has a compulsory week-long on-campus component.
Due to the nature of offering this unit students are recommended to seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator closer to the commencement date of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment will take the form of:
1. Write up of laboratory based soil analysis. This will involve analysis and explanation of results. (10%)
2. Write up as a major exercise of the field excursion, in the form of a consultant's report, explaining the key soil, geomorphological and hydrological settings of the area visited, land management and environmental impacts and clear exposition of management actions that should be sought (25%).
3. On-line tests associated with 5 problem solving practicals (5%).
4. Formal 2 hour exam (60%)
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ENV281 Water and Earth Science may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes A thorough knowledge of Year 12 secondary-level chemistry is assumed.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Crop and Pasture Science (BSc) [New in 2016]
Earth and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Environmental Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Appears in these Co-Majors Earth and Environmental Science Minor Teaching Area
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
ENV243
Professor Richard Harper
Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2191
e: R.Harper@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.3.047 - Environmental Science, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
ENV243

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Professor Richard Harper
Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2191
e: R.Harper@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.3.047 - Environmental Science, Murdoch Campus
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