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SLE103 - Ecology and the Environment

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
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:

Tricia Wevill





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Trimester 1: 2 x 1 hour class per week, 5 x 2 hour seminars per trimester.

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne) students are required to attend an intensive study block in the first three weeks of trimester (Monday – Friday) and sit an in-class test in week 6.  Each day of the intensive will comprise three contact hours of either classes or seminars.


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

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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