Course Title: The Changing Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Changing Environment

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ENVI1146

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

ENVI1146

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr David Faulkner

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2623

Course Coordinator Email: ​david.faulkner@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 3.​2.06


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course introduces you to basic concepts in Environmental Science and provides you with a specific background on the composition and structure of the Earth.  It will take you on a journey from the Big Bang to present day, examining the evidence we have for our theories on beginning and development of the Earth.  You will study in detail the development the Lithosphere, Hydrosphere and the Atmosphere and the interactions which occur between them.  The environment of the Melbourne area will be used extensively to illustrate the topics studied.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes at AQF level 7

  • PLO 1 understanding science, demonstrate a coherent understanding of environmental science
  • PLO 2 scientific knowledge, exhibit depth and breadth of environmental science
  • PLO 3 inquiry and problem solving, critically analyse and solve problems in environmental science
  • PLO 4 communication, be an effective communicator of environmental science
  • PLO 5 personal and professional responsibility, be accountable for individual learning and scientific work in environmental science

 


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

CLO 1.        demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the development of the Earth to its present day structure

CLO 2.        gather, synthesize and critically evaluate information from a range of sources including books and journal articles

CLO 3.        effectively communicate arguments on the theories related to past events in geological history

CLO 4         .be an independent and self-directed learner 

 


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • attendance a tlectures where syllabut material will be presented, explained and illustrated with examples
  • participation in field work
  • completion of on-line tests, reviews and written strutured field reports, prepared on the basis of instruction provided prior ro the activities requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter
  • private study, working through the coursework as presented in classes and other learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems

Total Study Hours

You will be required to attend 2 hours per week of formal lectures, and a weekly 2 hour video session on material related to the topics being studied.

You are also expected to engage in independent study for a further 6 hours per week. The average commitment to this course is 10 hours per week.

 


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with lists of relevant texts, library resources (Including appropriate journals) and freely accessible Internet sites. Other material will be provided in class.  You will be able to access course information and learning material through MyRMIT.


Overview of Assessment

☑This course has no hurdle requirements.

This course is assessed through the following assessment tasks.

  1. Weekly contribution to workshop activities (20%)

    This assessment supports CLOs 2 & 4

  1. Field Work activities and online test

This assessment supports CLOs 2 ,3, & 4

 

  1. Weekly on-line quizzes (20%)

  This assessment supports CLOs 1,2 & 4

  1. 2 case studies of geohazard events (40%)

This assessment supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4