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SLE103 - Ecology and the Environment

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

Trimester 1

EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:

J McBurnie



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.


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.


Assignment 20%, presentation 15%, class test 30%, examination 35%

Unit Fee Information

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* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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