ENVSC101-19B (HAM)

Environmental Science

15 Points

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Paper Description

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A scientific study of the interaction between humans and the environment including climate change, utilisation and exploitation of natural resources and the effects of human activities on biological, chemical and physical processes that form resources and control ecosystems.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory and field classes. Details of lecture and lab content are provided in the attached paper timetable.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific principles and critical thinking skills that need to be used to assess environmental issues.
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of the environmental impacts of human activities at global and local scales, including climate, soil, water, mineral, energy, and biological resources, and ways to avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse effects.
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of the distribution, diversity, and utilisation, of natural resources including ecosystems, water, soil, mineral, energy, and food resources.
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  • Explain the definition of and limitations to sustainability in regards to Earth’s physical and biological resources and in the context of the Resource Management Act.
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  • Demonstrate an awareness of the transfer of energy and Earth materials, and the cyclicity of Earth and ecological processes.
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  • Work safely, under supervision, in both field and laboratory settings, identifying and minimizing hazards.
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Workshop Exercises
10
  • Hand-in: In Lab
2. Test 1
1 Aug 2019
9:00 AM
10
3. Test 2
11 Sep 2019
10:00 AM
10
4. Test 3
10 Oct 2019
9:00 AM
10
5. Essay
9 Sep 2019
4:30 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
6. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Withgott and Laposata Environment: the science behind the stories. Pearson publishers.

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Recommended Readings

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There are a wide range of Environmental Science texts, including books by Miller and by Raven and Berg. They all cover similar material and are suitable alternative readings.

Books are available from Bennett’s Book Shop

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Other Resources

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A course manual will be available and students must obtain a copy. Details will be given at the commencement of the course.
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Online Support

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The paper is supported by learning resources accessed via Moodle.

Online support will be provided via Moodle, which is accessible to all students who are enrolled in the paper.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc. and it is your responsibility to check the site and the email address that is listed for you within Moodle, regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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Workload

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This paper has around 50 hours of contact time, plus 3 hours per week for assessment and independent study. The remaining 60 hours is for preparing and writing the essay, and studying for the exam.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper may be used as a prerequisite for 200-level Earth Sciences papers, and is linked to EARTH101 and EARTH102.

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Restricted papers: ENVS101

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