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SLE342 - Risks to Healthy Environments


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Trevor Thornton

Must have completed one of HSH205, SLE102, SLE103, SLE121, SLE201 or SLE207



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour online seminar per week.


This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and address risks to healthy environments. Through case studies of urban, industrial, agricultural and/or natural environments at risk, students will assess the role of techniques such as indices of environmental health, epidemiology, toxicology and statistics and evaluate environmental and health concerns. They will also study the limitations associated with the various risk assessment techniques; approaches to risk management through policy, legislation, planning and management; risk management principles and planning; appropriate risk avoidance and minimisation; and integration of risk management with environmental management principles.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:


Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify environments at risk and determine the need for a risk assessment

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Evaluate risk management strategies with the principles of ecologically sustainable development and the precautionary principle

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate methods for conducting risk assessment and analyse data to determine appropriate actions.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Apply risk management strategies to optimise preferred outcomes and monitor risk management outcomes.

GLO5: Problem solving
GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Analysis of environmental risks 1,500 written report 30% Week 5
Group risk management exercise 3,000 word collaborative written report 50% Weeks 7 and 12
Case study 1,000 work written report 20% Week 9

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SLE342 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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