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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Jennifer Davis


Introduction to quantitative methods in environmental monitoring; types of environmental impacts; populations and sampling. Statistics for monitoring. Biological monitoring. Origins, types of measurement of chemical pollution. Manual and automated sampling and in-situ analysis techniques. Quality assurance issues. Introduction to spatial databases and techniques. Micro-meteorological measurements. Gaseous and particulate matter in the atmosphere. Batch sampling and continuous methods of air quality monitoring. Soils and sediments. Surface and groundwater hydrochemistry. Surface water hydrology.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to understand the need to perform environmental surveys and monitoring programs, and the need for suitable experimental design of such programs. They will appreciate the importance of quality assurance issues in sampling and analysis associated with environmental monitoring programs, understand the statistical basis for the design of monitoring programs, be familiar with the sampling and monitoring techniques and devices for use in the monitoring of air, water, groundwater, sediments and soils and biota. Students will be competent to plan, design and implement a sampling and monitoring program, analyse and interpret data derived from such programs, communicate the results and interpretation of environmental monitoring surveys, work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment, and integrate theory and information drawn from several disciplines into all aspects of monitoring and survey programs.


Examination: 45%
Practical class reports and assignments: 15%
Field report: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jennifer Davis

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures per week and five 3-hour practicals and a one day field trip.