Environmental management and sustainability students
Throughout your course, you'll travel to one or more of the following places:
- Community environment parks and sustainability centres, where you'll learn about sustainable communities, community gardening and green technologies.
- Urban parks, where you'll learn how to conduct vegetation surveys, analyse water quality, map soils and microclimate, and analyse groundwater pollution.
- Western Victoria, where you'll go on a cultural heritage tour with traditional owners of the land.
- Businesses across Victoria and further afield, where you'll analyse waste management programs and develop waste management strategies and environmental improvement programs and also develop environmental policies and project plans.
- The Australian coast, where you'll explore coastal development and develop skills in land use planning and environmental impact assessment.
- National parks, where you'll learn about scientific research, data analysis and teamwork.
- The Central Highlands, to examine the effects of fire on plant and animal communities
- Victoria's rivers, where you'll measure river health and observe management actions.
- Urban water management facilities, where you'll explore management options for storm water and waste water.
Zoology and Animal Science
Our course focuses on Australia’s amazing animals. You’ll study units that help you understand animal anatomy, physiology, behaviour, disease processes, evolution and adaptation as well as human impacts on animals and their ecosystems. Our classroom and laboratory learning environments are combined with off-campus excursions and field trips, helping you connect theory and real world practice.
Day-long or multi-day overnight field trips take place in second and third year level units. These field based learning experiences not only offer you exposure to varied Victorian environments from coastal forests through to desert ecosystems, but also opportunities to see and handle native animals. For some field trips, you’ll work alongside local conservation organisations, which provides a unique opportunity to assist conservation management and develop professional experience.
Key to learning objectives on field trips is that you’ll learn important skills including research design, survey techniques, animal observation, trapping and handling, measuring environmental variables, habitat assessment and the use of various equipment and instruments. By studying Zoology and Animal Science, you’ll gain a hands on and real world experience, and the knowledge and skills essential for the work environment.