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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 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:

  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%

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