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Introduction to Environmental Biology (BIO103)

Organisational Unit School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit introduces the theoretical and practical framework underpinning studies of natural ecosystems. Topics of classifying biodiversity, interactions within the biosphere and human impacts are explored using the unifying themes of the scientific method, the cell theory and evolution. Detailed examples include the near shore marine environment, the freshwater environment and the arid terrestrial environment. Australian case studies illustrate basic principles. Practical work reinforces the environmental theme while building skills in observation, quantification, experimental design and interpreting data.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week; laboratories/field work: up to 3 hours per week. (External students undertake take-home exercises in lieu of attendance for laboratories/field work).
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed BIO103 Environmental Biology cannot enrol for credit in this unit.
Previously 2013: 'Environmental Biology'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Appears in these Minors Ecosystem Management
Fisheries Science
Marine Biology
Resource Management
Sustainability, Ecosystems and Community Development
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.


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