Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)To be confirmed


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:

  1. Understand the need to perform environmental surveys and monitoring programs and the importance of good experimental design in these programs, including the statistical basis for the design of monitoring programs;

  1. Explain the importance of quality assurance issues in environmental monitoring programs;

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the sampling and monitoring techniques and devices for use in the monitoring of air, water, groundwater, sediments and soils and biota;

  1. Plan, design and implement a sampling and monitoring program, analyse and interpret data derived from such programs, communicate the results of environmental monitoring surveys and work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment;

  1. 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)

Contact hours

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