Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Vanessa Wong, Dr Ailie Gallant and Associate Professor David Dunkerley


This unit is a core unit in the BEnvSc degree. Explains Australia's present patterns of landform, soil, biota and climate through an understanding of past events and environments. The focus on change is carried over into future environmental management issues. An example environmental issue, uranium mining, highlights the multidisciplinary nature of environmental science.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Be aware of the nature and importance of the evolutionary pathways that have led to the contemporary Australian physical environment;

  1. Contrast competing theories that seek to account for Australian landscape and environmental development;

  1. Understand the value of an historical or evolutionary view of the Australian physical environment;

  1. Examine and report on environmental features observed during geographical fieldwork;

  1. Synthesise and express geographical ideas in writing;

  1. Interpret and manipulate some common forms of geographical data, including geospatial data.


Written (1500 words): 35%
Examinations (2.5 hours): 35%
Practical and fieldwork reports: 30%

Workload requirements

Workload is 4.5 hours per week (3 lectures per week, and the equivalent of up to 3 hours practical/ tutorial per fortnight), plus one 2.5 day field excursion

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