Course Title: Professional Environmental Scientist

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Environmental Scientist

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Graeme Allinson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3561

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.23

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Professional Environmental Scientist has been designed to match industry expectations of a person working at a management level in the environmental sector. It will cover high level  communication skills, environmental risk and preparing project proposals

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of teh following Program Learning Outcomes at AQF level 9

  • PLO 1.1 a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in enviornmental science and the technological advances related to measurement techniques, remediation processes and pollution control
  • PLO 1.3 knowledge of the regulatory frameworks and ethical principles relevant to enironmental science and development of associated technologies.
  • PLO 2.1 cognitive skills which demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge about environmental processes enabling critical reflection on environmenal theory and professional practice or scholarship
  • PLO 2.4 communication and technical research skills to enable you to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non specialist audiences
  • PLO 2.5 technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to environmental professional practice or scholarship
  • PLO 3.1 creativity and initiative to new situations in your role as an enviornmental professional practitioner and/or in your further studies
  • PLO 3.2 high level personal autonomy and accountability
  • PLO 3.3 due regard to ethical conduct, the law and the safety of yourself and others around you.


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

CLO 1:   scope a project proposal

CLO 2:   demonstrate knowledge of regulatory requirements for the protection of the environment in the development of the project proposal

CLO 3:   search the literature effectively for relevant information with respect to your proposal

CLO 4:   effectively communicate your proposal ideas in writing

CLO 5:   effectively defend our proposal ideas to your client

CLO 6:   work effectively, responsibly, ethically and safely in an individual or team context.


Overview of Learning Activities

Thel earning activities included in this course are:


  1. attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented, explained and illustrated with examples. The information provided in these sessions will help you with CLOs 1 and 2
  2. participation in team work to scope and develop a project proposal. This is exercise will cover CLOs 3,4 &5
  3. use of online resources including Canvas, to obtain information relevant to project proposal. This will address CLO 3

Total Study Hours

Total study hours expected for this course is an average of 10 hours per week. This includes a 2 hour lecture/tutorial sessions each week over the semester preparation of assignments and presentation.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will be made available through Canvas to students.

Overview of Assessment

☑This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1: (write an evaluation of the technology available (and being developed) to avoid, treat or remediate a specific pollutant.

 Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: (Prepare a written proposal to a client to solve an environmental issue –this will be a team effort )

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3,4&6

 Assessment Task 3: (Give an oral defence of the project proposal

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 5

Feedback will be provided by Canvas through Turnitin