SLE103 - Ecology and the Environment


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as: SQA101
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: SLEM103
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Trimester 1: 2 x 1 hour online lectures per week (weeks 1-4 and 6-10), 2 x 1 hour seminars per trimester (weeks 5 and 11), 5 x 2 hour practical experience (workshops) per trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Trimester 3: Online independent and collaborative learning including 5 x 1 hour online lectures per week (intensive, 4 days per week, weeks 1-3), 2 x 2 hour online seminar per week (weeks 1 and 3). Students must attend and participate in practical experience (workshops) and practical experience (field trip) at the Burwood (Melbourne) campus on a scheduled half-day (typically Tuesday week 2).


SLE103 introduces students to the science of ecology, investigating relationships between organisms and the environment. In this unit, students will also explore climate change and energy issues. They will learn about the nature of science and the scientific method and how to use a systems framework to investigate environmental issues.  This will equip students with the capacity to study key environmental issues such as climate systems and ecological systems and make a difference.

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