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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)Associate Professor Tony Patti


Existing and emerging green technologies that assist in assessing, minimising and remediating the environmental impacts of people on the environment will be considered. The technologies covered will span atmospheric pollution, hydrologic disturbance and contamination (surface and groundwaters) and soil contamination. Students will become familiar their strengths and limitations. A first-hand experience of technological approaches to impact management, through field site visits where particular technologies are in use, is a feature of the course. Aspects of the economic and legislative issues related to the management of the environment and the use of technologies will also be covered.


On completion of this unit, students will have a broad understanding of the impacts of human activity on the environment; be aware of the role played by technology in the broad area of environmental management; be aware of the range of technologies and emerging green technologies, available for managing the state of the environment and human impacts on it, and for minimising and remediating those impacts. Understand the operating principles, applications, strengths and shortcomings of key technologies in surface water, groundwater, soil and air, quality management.


Examination (2 hours): 55%
group research project (2000 words): 15%
oral presentation (10 minutes): 10%
two reports on site visits (500 words each): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Tony Patti

Contact hours

Two hours of lectures and the equivalent of 2 hours of tutorial/group discussion per week, including at least two field trips