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SLE325 - Human Impacts - Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Warrnambool
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Julie Mondon

Prerequisite:

SLE105 and one of SLE150, SLE252, SLE306 or SLE223

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

3 hours per week (alternating weekly between classes and practicals)

Content

SLE325 enables students to develop a multidisciplinary knowledge of the links between organisms and their response to physical and chemical contaminants and anthropogenic disturbance in the environment. Learning and assessment activities in this unit will provide students with the opportunity to examine the conceptual basis for ecotoxicology and ecological risk assessment. Impacts linked to human activities such as mining, coastal development, waste discharges and exotic species will be investigated, and will be considered in the broader context of a changing climate. Students will be working independently and collaboratively to research and practice methods for assessing ecological/toxicological risks and identification of impacts through current case studies and applied field/laboratory exercises.

Assessment

2 x in-class tests (25% each) 50%, practical report 25%, scientific report and oral presentation 25%

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