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ENV1711 - Environmental science 1 - the dynamic environment

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Mr Wayne Kirstine


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit introduces students to the global environment and its basic natural systems. The fundamental structure and functioning of the natural systems is explored, emphasising the interrelationships among geological, climatological and ecological processes. Major themes include the diversity and interrelationships of the biotic and abiotic components of the environment, the nature of environmental change, and human impacts on both biotic and abiotic components of natural systems. The level of study will range from local issues to regional and global impacts. The unit is taught by internal lectures, tutorials and fieldwork, and also by distance education.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to demonstrate familiarity with the Earth's basic natural systems; knowledge of the structure and functions of ecosystems, with particular emphasis on Australian systems; an appreciation of the diversity of plants and animals, and their relationships with their habitats; an understanding of the processes of change of habitats, ecosystems and the global environment; an understanding of the evolution of Australian ecosystems; an understanding of the impact of human activity on natural systems; an appreciation of the origins and impacts of a selection of current environmental problems, including more localised Australian issues as well as global issues.


Three written assignments/reports: 45%
Examination (2 hours): 55%

Contact hours

3 x 1-hour lectures, 1 hour of tutorial activity


GES1000, GAS1011, ENV1616, ENV1800