Course Title: Environmental Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environmental Studies

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ENVI1038

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2016

ENVI1038

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Internet

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

ENVI1038

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Internet

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Jeff Hughes

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3370

Course Coordinator Email: jeff.hughes@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.16


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No previous studies are required. This course is a general elective, which any student in the University should be able to do.


Course Description

This course is intended to extend your knowledge of the environment through the study of selected topics/units in Environmental Studies such as hazardous waste and contaminated sites, atmosphere, soil, water, and environmental impacts of agriculture and mining.

You will select 2 units from a provided list. See Overview of Assessment for the list of units. All units are available in online mode.

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to Program Learning Outcomes across a number of programs in the School of Science.

 Program Learning Outcomes

 Understanding Science Demonstrate a coherent understanding of environmental science and be able to explain the role of environmental science in the community.

  • Scientific Knowledge: Exhibit depth and breadth of environmental science knowledge.
  • Inquiry and Problem Solving: Critically analyse and solve problems in environmental science.
  • Communication: Be an effective communicator of environmental sciences.

 


On successful completion of this course you should be able to

  1. Identify the factors necessary to aid a solution to an environmental problem;
  2. Communicate ideas with a well-developed level of written communication; and
  3. Critically assess and evaluate factual information on environmental problems

 

 


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities depend on the units chosen. The units available may include hazardous wastes, the atmosphere, soil environment, introduction to environmental science of agriculture and mining.

 As this is an online course activities involve self-paced learning using resources provided via the learning hub.

Total Study Hours

Teacher guided hours: 48 per semester

Learner directed hours: 72 per semester

 

 


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with lists of resources on Blackboard such as support documents, online resources, videos and other material that can be borrowed from the library

 


Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

 You will choose 2 units out of 9 available. Each unit has equal weight (50% of total). Assessment types depend on the unit chosen, as follows:

Unit 1: Hazardous Wastes and Contaminated Sites 

Assessment 1: Essay 15%

Assessment 2: A series of Short Answer Written Questions 20%

Assessment 3: Case Study Report 15%,

These assessments support CLOs 1-3

Unit 2: Human Impacts on the Atmosphere 

Assessment 1: A series of Short Answer Written Questions 25% 

Assessment 2: Essay 25%

These assessments support CLOs 1-3

Unit 3: Introduction to Environmental Science 

Assessment 1: A series of Web-learn Tests 25%

Assessment 2: Essay on a Case Study 25%

These assessments support CLOs 1-3

Unit 4: Environmental Chemistry of Soil 

Assessment 1: A series of Short Answer Written Questions 15% 

Assessment 2: Essay 18% 

Assessment 3: Soil Workshop and Report 17%

These assessments support CLOs 1-3

Unit 6: Mining and the Environment

Assessment 1: Essay 25%

Assessment 2: Essay on a Case Study 25%

These assessments support CLOs 1-3

Unit 7: Water Treatment

Assessment 1: Report 25%

Assessment 2: Report 25% 

These assessments support CLOs 1-3

Unit 8: Environmental Dissertation 

Assessment 1: Detailed Project Plan of an Environmental Dissertation 8%

Assessment 2: Environmental Dissertation on a topic of choice 42%

These assessments support CLOs 1-3

 Unit 9: Agriculture and the Environment 

Assessment 1: A series of Short Answer Written Questions 15% 

Assessment 2: Essay 20%

Assessment 3: Essay on a Case Study 15% 

 These assessments support CLOs 1-3