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Unit details

SLE103 - Ecology and the Environment

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Enrolment modes:(B, G, W)
Credit point(s):1
Offerings:

Trimester 1

Previously coded as:

SQA101

EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

J McBurnie

Prerequisite:

Nil

Contact hours:

2 x 1 hour lectures, 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

Note:

Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.

Content

This unit provides an introduction to the discipline of science, and key science ideas, with a specific focus on investigations into environmental issues relevant today.  The aim of the unit is to support students' understanding of the nature of science and the methods of science using a systems framework.  The unit will have a major focus on the science underlying issues impacting society today including climate systems and ecological systems. 

The content will include:

  1. Key concepts involved in scientific enquiry
  2. Climate systems and the impact of human activity on these systems.
  3. The concept of energy as a means of power for humans, as well as the driving force behind life on earth.
  4. The role science plays in environmental sustainability
  5. The field of Ecology as a way of investigating the natural environment.

Assessment

Assignments (1 x 10%, 1 x 20%) 30%, oral presentation 10%, class test 25%, examination 35%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Student Contribution Rate***Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students
$565$565$1006$3450$3260

* Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2010
** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2009
*** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2008
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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