Environmental Biology

ENV30001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

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



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. Describe and debate various global and regional environmental concerns that affect various forms of life.
2. Appreciate the impact of human activities on other life and the environment.
3. Argue the significance of native biodiversity and need for its conservation.
4. Investigate specific cases of environmental pollution or natural challenges, and their impacts.
5. Apply chemistry, biology, molecular biology and microbiology skills to environment issues.
6. Reflect on the scientific concerns, including ethical and social issues, to the environment associated with the applications of new technologies.
7. Perform literature searches on specific environmental issues, critically analyse the literature and present an appraisal of that literature.
Key Generic Skills