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Foundations of the Environment (ENV102)

Organisational Unit School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Environmental science is a problem-oriented, multidisciplinary field that attempts to assess environmental problems scientifically. This unit acquaints the students with the broad principles and methodology of environmental science. The nature of environmental systems and the methods used to learn more about them are introduced. The interrelations between land uses and geomorphology, soils, climate, plant communities, wetlands, rivers and estuaries and their interaction with humans are examined from an integrated, problem-solving perspective.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 1 hour plus 1 x 2 hours (total 3 hours per week); laboratories/semester: 4 x 3 hours.
Internal students are required to sign-up (online) to a laboratory group. External students should note that this unit has a compulsory four-day on-campus component.
Other Learning Experiences A Swan Coastal Survey, where students are required to work in groups off-campus to complete an environmental assessment. This field trip provides practical experience of underlying environmental theoretical principles and training in group work.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ENV102 Introduction to Environmental Science may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: 'Introduction to Environmental Science'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Appears in these Minors Environmental Issues
Waste and Water Management
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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