SLE103 - Ecology and the Environment
|Year||2016 unit information|
|Enrolment modes:||Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
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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 a maximum of 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:
- Key concepts involved in scientific enquiry
- Climate systems and the impact of human activity on these systems.
- The concept of energy as a means of power for humans, as well as the driving force behind life on earth.
- The role science plays in environmental sustainability
- The field of Ecology as a way of investigating the natural environment.
Assignment/group presentation 15%, online test 20%, report 25%, examination 40%