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SLE103 - Ecology and the Environment

Unit details

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Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

C Binek





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Trimester 1: 2 x 1 hour classes, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week.  Trimester 3: is offered as an intensive mode short course (4 days of 3 hour seminar blocks held each week for a three-week period, beginning the first week of Trimester 3.)


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


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/group presentation 15%, online test 20%, report 25%, examination 40%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* 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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