BP193 - Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Environment and Society

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Plan: BP193ENSDD - Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Environment and Society
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

This program employs a diverse range of teaching and learning approaches to ensure a distinctive and quality learning environment in which students are recognised as active participants in the learning process. This program will expose you to a wide range of learning styles and assessment methods. 

Courses provide for interaction amongst students as a central activity so that you will have opportunities to collaborate in your learning.  You will be engaged in interactive seminars and workshops, lectures, on line discussions, field trips, laboratory work, industry site visits, industry placements and applied research projects. Through your study of Environmental Science courses you will engage in learning activities which include laboratory-based workshops and field work. The Social Science courses emphasise essay writing, case studies and group work. Current research and industry and consultancy experiences are incorporated into content and teaching approaches and you will be encouraged and supported to see the relevance of research to current practice and to pursue your own areas of intellectual interest.. 

Learning activities are designed to support you to apply your developed knowledge and skills and to work autonomously and collaboratively, including in cross disciplinary teams.

This program exposes you to diverse and challenging perspectives, while fostering the development of critical analysis. You will be encouraged to examine and question your beliefs, to articulate and test your understandings and to confront challenging intellectual questions. 

Assessment forms part of a structured framework designed to give you the opportunity to learn from feedback as you progress. Assessment tasks are undertaken during each course and are integral to the teaching and learning cycle. Assessment tasks include, but are not limited to, individual essays, individual and group projects, written or verbal presentations, on line discussions, case studies, field and laboratory reports  and exams. These assessment tasks have been developed to maximise the opportunity for you to work both individually and collaboratively, and to apply your knowledge and understandings by linking theory to practice. This program provides frequent opportunities for you to gain informed and constructive feedback from teachers and your peers. Teacher to student feedback is tailored to your individual performance and focused on your development.

You will receive feedback to support your learning and enhance your preparation for professional practice.

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate variations to aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Service Unit (https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services) if you would like to find out more.

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations; and in addition;
  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be simulated.

The WIL activities in this program provide opportunities for you to network with a range of potential employers and explore areas of work that interest you, as well as practise the skills you have developed in the program in professional contexts. The specific WIL courses in this program will prepare you for for employment upon graduation.

The specific WIL courses in this program are

  • ENVI 1062 Client Based Research (Environment)  
  • ENVI 1058 Environmental Work Practice
  • ENVI 1145 Environmental Sampling and Analysis
  • ONPS 2186 Science Project
  • ENVI 1213 Sustainability Strategies

ENVI1062 will provide you with the opportunity to apply research and analysis skills to the kind of problems identified by environmental agencies. You will work in a group to produce a research report for a client who has identified a specific research project that they would like completed. 

ENVI1058 provides key opportunities to make links between the theories covered in earlier courses, and how these are applied in practical situations. It incorporates a work-placement of 20-25 days. 

ENVI1213 Sustainability Strategies provides the opportunity for you to undertake a team based sustainability project, involving consultation with diverse community and industry partners. You will work in a cross disciplinary project team to develop a sustainability initiative for an organisation such as community group, business or government. 

The fourth year of the program includes 2 work integrated science courses in which students have the opportunity to work on research projects with industry partners. The first, ENVI1145 Environmental Sampling and Analysis, provides the students with the type of experience expected in workplace. The students work in teams to put together a report on the state of the environment under study, employing the skills they have learnt during the course of their study. The second course, ONPS2186 Science Project, engages with our many industry partners. Here the emphasis is on teamwork, research and professional report writing.

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    Program Structure

    To graduate you must complete the following: All courses listed may not be available each semester
     

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    Year One of Program

    Complete the following Eight (8) Courses:

    Course Title

    Credit Points

    Course Code

    Campus

    Environmental Ideas and Action12ENVI1041City Campus
    Sustainable Futures12ENVI1153City Campus
    Environmental Chemistry 1A12CHEM1014City Campus
    The Changing Environment12ENVI1146City Campus
    Environmental Chemistry 1B12CHEM1015City Campus
    Life on Earth12ENVI1142City Campus
    Scientific Skills and Communication12ONPS2334City Campus
    Mathematics and Statistics12MATH2123City Campus
     
    AND

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    Year Two of Program

    Complete the following Six (6) Courses:

    Course Title

    Credit Points

    Course Code

    Campus

    Communicating Sustainability12ENVI1137City Campus
    The Hydrosphere12ENVI1008City Campus
    Climate Change Responses12ENVI1212City Campus
    Environmental Systems Analysis12ENVI1196City Campus
    Ecology12ENVI1009City Campus
    Power and Governance12POLI1025City Campus
    AND
    {
    Select and Complete Two (2) Courses from the following discipline options: Environmental Chemistry Core Discipline:

    Course Title

    Credit Points

    Course Code

    Campus

    Aquatic and Soil Chemistry: Natural Processes12CHEM1058City Campus
    Aquatic Chemistry12CHEM1059City Campus
    OR
    Environmental Biology Core Discipline:

    Course Title

    Credit Points

    Course Code

    Campus

    Plant Structure and Function12BIOL2156City Campus
    Animal Diversity12BIOL2151City Campus
    Plant Diversity12BIOL2270City Campus
    Animal Structure and Function12BIOL2258City Campus
    }
     
    AND

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    Year Three of Program

    Complete the following Five (5) Courses:

    Course Title

    Credit Points

    Course Code

    Campus

    Environmental Management and Assessment12ENVI1049City Campus
    Indigenous Peoples and the Environment12ENVI1048City Campus
    Policy in Practice12ENVI1050City Campus
    Environmental Economics12ENVI1051City Campus
    Foundations of Social Research12HUSO2166City Campus
    AND
    {
    Select and Complete Two (2) Courses from the following discipline options - Environmental Chemistry Core Discipline:

    Course Title

    Credit Points

    Course Code

    Campus

    Environmental Analytical and Soil Chemistry12CHEM1085City Campus
    Atmospheric Chemistry and Emerging Contaminants12CHEM1086City Campus
    OR
    Environmental Biology Core Discipline:

    Course Title

    Credit Points

    Course Code

    Campus

    Marine Biology12BIOL2255City Campus
    Environmental Biotechnology12BIOL2324City Campus
    Ecotoxicology12BIOL2162City Campus
    }
    AND
    Select and Complete One (1) Course from any:
    University Elective
     
    AND

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    Year Four of Program

    Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

    Course Title

    Credit Points

    Course Code

    Campus

    Planning and Environmental Regulation12ARCH1059City Campus
    The Atmosphere12ENVI1011City Campus
    Client Based Research (Environment)12ENVI1062City Campus
    Environmental Work Practice12ENVI1058City Campus
    Environment Capstone Project24ENVI1213City Campus
    The Soil Environment12ENVI1012City Campus
    Science Project 112ONPS2186City Campus
     

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    Program transition plan

    In 2021, BP193 Bachelor of Environment and Society/Bachelor of Environmental Science (double degree) will amend its program structure.  

    The new structure will apply to all students from Semester 1, 2021 however all courses completed prior to 2021 will be credited towards their award. 

    You will receive academic advice to assist you when enrolling in the new structure. 

    The following transition mapping shows courses in the current version of the program structure and the equivalent courses that will be offered in the new version of the program structure. 

    Your study plan will outline: 

    • Courses you have already completed in BP193 Bachelor of Environment and Society/Bachelor of Environmental Science (double degree) 

    • Courses you are currently enrolled in (results pending) in BP193 Bachelor of Environment and Society/Bachelor of Environmental Science (double degree) 

    • Courses, if any, that you will need to complete in the amended program structure in order to graduate with the award of BP193 Bachelor of Environment and Society/Bachelor of Environmental Science (double degree) 

    If you are undertaking a reduced load, are on Leave of Absence (LOA), or have deferred studies you will not be disadvantaged by the change of program structure. 

    You will not incur any extra costs or be required to complete extra credit points as a result of this change in program structure. 

    BP193 Transition Map – Same or Equivalent courses 

    Semester 

    Current courses  

    Credit Points 

    Semester 

    New courses offered from Semester 1, 2019 

    Credit Points 

    ENVI1041 Environmental Ideas – Thought and Action  

    12 

    Name change (Environmental Ideas and Action) 

    12 

    ENVI1153 Sustainable Futures  

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    CHEM1014 Environmental Chemistry 1A 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    ENVI1146 The Changing Environment 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    CHEM1015 Environmental Chemistry 1B  

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    ENVI1142 Life on Earth 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    ONPS2334 Scientific Skills and Communications 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    MATH2123 Mathematics and Statistics 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    ENVI1137 Global Environmental Representations 

    12 

    Name change (Communicating Sustainability) 

    12 

    Chemistry or Biology Program Elective 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    ENVI1212 Climate Change Responses 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    HUSO1207 Australian Society in a Global Context 

    12 

    POLI1025 Power and Governance 

    12 

    ENVI1196 Natural Resource Management 

    12 

    Name change (Environmental Systems Analysis) 

    12 

    ENVI1008 The Hydrosphere 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    ENVI1009 Ecology 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    Chemistry or Biology Program Elective 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    ENVI1049 Environmental Assessment, Monitoring and Systems 

    12 

    Name change (Environmental Management and Assessment) 

    12 

    POLI1025 Power and Governance 

    (POLI1025 

    12 

    University Elective 

    12 

    ENVI1051 Environmental Economics 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    Chemistry or Biology Program Elective 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    HUSO2166 Foundations of Social Research 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    University Elective 

    12 

    Replaced with ENVI1048 Indigenous Peoples and the Environment 

    12 

    ENVI1050 Policy Practice 

    12 

    Name change (Policy in Practice) 

    12 

    Chemistry or Biology Program Elective 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    ARCH1059 Statutory Planning and Environmental Regulation 

    12 

    Name change (Planning and Environmental Regulation) 

    12 

    ENVI1062 Client Based Research 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    ENVI1011 The Atmosphere 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    ENVI1012 The Soil Environment 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    ENVI1213 Sustainability Strategies  

    24 

    Name change (Environment Capstone Project) 

    24 

    ENVI1058 Environmental Work Practice 

    12 

    No change 

    12 

    ONPS2186 Science Project  

    12 

    No change) 

     

     

     

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