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Water and Earth Science (ENV243)

Organisational Unit School of Veterinary and Life 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.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; practical work: equivalent to 2 hours per week.
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.
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.
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.
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