Overview

This unit aims to provide an understanding of ecology, environmental systems and environmental management. The various topics give a critical insight into the diversity and complexity of environmental issues, and the major causes and effects of environmental pollutions resulting from anthropogenic activities. The unit also aims to develop high levels of awareness for the ubiquity of hazardous substances and specific skill sets for their management. Students will also acquire new skills and knowledge in preparing Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and generic risk assessment. Finally, the unit will provide an overview of mitigation strategies to minimise ecological footprint.

Requisites

Prerequisites
ENV30003 Environmental Management

Rule

100 credit points

Teaching Periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
26-February-2024
26-May-2024
Last self-enrolment date
10-March-2024
Census date
31-March-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
12-April-2024
Results released date
02-July-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
29-July-2024
27-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
11-August-2024
Census date
31-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
13-September-2024
Results released date
03-December-2024

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Manage hazardous substances
  • Identify, discuss and debate environmental issues
  • Perform a basic environmental impact analysis
  • Outline the water management strategies for Melbourne
  • Discuss and select appropriate waste management strategies
  • Argue that competition is a greater ecological force than predation
  • Perform generic risk assessments

Teaching methods

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
Lecture
3.00 12 weeks 36
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114
TOTAL150

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentGroup 10 - 15% 2,3,7 
Case StudiesIndividual 10 - 15% 4,5,7 
ExaminationIndividual 30 - 40% 1,2,4,5,6,7 
Mid-Semester TestIndividual 20 - 25% 1,2,4 
Online TestsIndividual 10 - 15% 1,2,3,7 

Hurdle

As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

(i) an aggregate mark of 50% or more, and(ii) at least 40% in the final exam.Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirement (ii) will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.

Content

The unit provides an holistic view of environmental management, first through an understanding of ecology and ecosystems, evidencing the interconnectedness of everything in nature.

The unit introduces the concept of environmental consciousness, and the need to develop and embrace sustainable practices.

By analysis specific case studies, the unit critically examines contemporary issues like: climate change, man-made environmental disasters, renewables and community-based approaches.

With focus on global issues, the topics give solid examples of best legislations in both the Australian context and internationally. By identifying major common issues, students will learn the importance of socio-cultural influences in managing the environment.

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.