Environmental Biology

ENV30001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

27 Feb 23 - 28 May 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
12 Mar 23

31 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Apr 23

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to introduce the students to various regional and global concerns regarding the environment, including the natural challenges, various types of environmental pollutants and their effects, the changing environment, and the developments of diverse technologies to detect, study and address these concerns. The subject aims to introduce specific examples and cases, and explain how chemical, biological and molecular sciences can applied to identify and address issues of environmental concerns.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Consider the significance of native biodiversity and need for its conservation, including describing diversity of life forms and their interactions in ecosystems.
2. Explore Indigenous knowledges of caring for Country and apply learnings to contemporary environmental biology studies.
3. Investigate and appreciate diverse types of environmental pollutants and their impacts on health and the environment, including the impact of human activities.
4. Reflect on any scientific, ethical and social issues associated with some applications of new technologies to address environmental concerns.
5. Via literature searches, expound environmental issues and appraise potential solutions to these identified issues.