SLE103 - Ecology and the Environment


2023 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.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

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

Scheduled learning activities - online

Trimester 3: Online independent and collaborative learning including 4 x 2 hour scheduled online workshops per week (intensive, 4 days per week, weeks 1-3).  Students must attend and participate in practical activities 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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