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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
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Barbie Panther


This unit focuses on environmental management issues relevant to the extraction and production of minerals and energy; and the environmental impacts of these processes. Aspects covered include economic geology, recovery of resources, renewable resources, economic use of energy in conversion to products, basic economics of world trade including material balance, and policies for conservation of the environment as well as the resource. Study guides and a reader (including case studies) will be issued to guide the student in each topic area. Laboratory/tutorials/field work will enhance the theory. Students will be encouraged to develop and express their own views on strategies for alternative/renewable energy sources and materials for a sustainable future.


On successful completion of this unit the student should have a basic knowledge of how resources are deposited, distributed and discovered; appreciate (from case studies): methods of recovery, upgrading and value-adding; be educated in the material balance of global trade; be able to discriminate between good and poor conservation or resource management; have a balanced view of industrial and environmental needs; be able to make value judgements on the importance of sustainable resource development; develop an awareness of factors leading to the need for implementing alternatives to mineral and energy resources; and be able to plan effectively for future needs.


Examination: 50%
Assignment: 30%
Laboratory-field work: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Barbie Panther

Contact hours

12 hours per week including home study, field work plus 2 days on-campus at vacation school