The unit is comprised of 13 weeks of formal classes which will be held on Tuesday evenings in E3B217 from 6-9 pm. The format of the classes varies, and includes lectures from academic staff on geoscience, environmental chemistry and ecology; three writing skills workshops; and 1-2 weeks of student presentations. Each class also features interactive activities as well as class discussion, particularly during the presentations. As a result, it is essential that students attend all classes. This unit is not able to be offered externally.
In addition to the formal classes, students are also required to spend time doing their own independent reading and research, with most of this time going towards completing the Assessments. As a guide, students should aim to spend approximately 100-120 hours of their own time on the unit over the semester, in addition to the weekly classes.
Requirements to Complete this Unit Satisfactorily
Students must submit all assignments, attend the group presentations and gain a final mark of at least 50% to complete this unit satisfactorily.
Students are required to attend at least 80% of the formal classes, and will be asked to sign an attendance sheet. Attendance may be taken into account when assigning final grades for the unit where marks are on the border between one grade and the next.
Technologies Used and Required
Students will need to bring a computer to class for the weeks that are identified as Scientific Writing Skills Workshops. In these weeks, we will use basic programs such as Word and Excel. Students will also need to have access to computer to review the literature and complete the assessment tasks. Submissions of the assessment tasks will be arranged through iLearn using Turnitin. Academic search engines (ISI Web of Knowledge and Scopus) and submission of the assessment tasks will be discussed during the first night of the class.
There is no single text for this course. References will be provided with the lecture material.
Background reading can be found in the following:
Aplin, G (2002), Australians and their Environment: An Introduction to Environmental Studies, Oxford University Press
Arms K (1994). Environmental Science, Saunders College Publishing, Fort Worth, 2nd edition.
Australian State of the Environment Committee (2006). Australia: State of the Environment 2006.
Independent report to the Commonwealth Minister for Environment and Heritage. CSIRO Publishing on behalf of the Department of Environment and Heritage, Canberra.
Beckmann R (1994). Environmental Science, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra.
Enger ED and Smith BF (2006). Environmental Science: a study of interrelationships, McGraw Hill Publish.
Huxham M and Sumner D (2000). Science and Environmental Decision Making, Pearson Education.
Munasinghe M and Swart R (2005). Primer on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Cambridge University Press.
O'Riordan T (ed) (1995). Environmental science for environmental management, Longman House, Harlow.
Geosciences source books
Brierley G.J. & Fryirs K.F. (2005) Geomorphology and River Management: Applications of the River Styles Framework, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK. GB1203.2.B755/2005
Cooke R.U. & Doornkamp J.C. (1990). Geomorphology and Environmental Management, 2nd edition, Clarendon Press, Oxford. GB406.C64/1990
Jacobson M.C. (2000). Earth System Science: From Biogeochemical Cycles to Global Change. Academic Press, London. QH344.E17/2000
Marchetti M. & Rivas V. (2001). Geomorphology and Environmental Impact Assessment.
Balkema, Lisse. GB406.G46 Press F. & Siever R. (1998) Understanding Earth. Freeman, New York. QE28.P9/1998
Slaymaker, O. (2000). Geomorphology, Human Activity, and Global Environmental Change. Wiley, Chichester. GE149.G46/2000
Summerfield, M.A. (1991) Global Geomorphology, Longman Publishers, Singapore. GB401.5.S84
Environmental Chemistry source books
Brasseur GP, Orlando JJ and Tyndall GS (1999) Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Change, Oxford University Press.
Bunce NJ (1990). Environmental Chemistry, Wuerz, Winnipeg.
Connell DW (1993). Water Pollution: Causes and Effects in Australia and New Zealand, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 3rd edition.
Harrison RM (1992). Understanding our Environment: An Introduction to Environmental Chemistry and Pollution, Royal Society of Chemistry, London.
Laws EA (1993). Aquatic Pollution: An Introductory Text, Wiley, New York, 2nd edition.
Manahan SE (1991). Environmental Chemistry, Lewis, Chelsea, 4th or 5th edition.
O'Neill P (1998). Environmental Chemistry, Chapman & Hall, London.
Van Loon G.W. and Duffy S.J. (2000) Environmental Chemistry: A Global Perspective, Oxford UP, Oxford.
Ecology source books
Begon M, Mortimer M and Thompson DJ (1996). Population Ecology: a Unified Study of Animals and Plants, Blackwell, Oxford, 3rd edition.
Burgman, M. and Lindenmayer, D. (1998): Conservation Biology for the Australian Environment. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Sydney
Krebs CJ (2001). Ecology: the Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance, Harper,
New York, 5th edition. Magurran, A. E. 2004. Measuring Biological Diversity. Blackwell Science, Massachusetts, 1st ed.
Townsend, C. R., Harper, J. and Begon, M. (2000) Essentials of Ecology, Blackwell Science, Massachusetts, 1st ed.
Use of ISI Web of Knowledge or Scopus to search and access scientific literature published in peer-reviewed journals.