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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Susie Ho


This unit provides an introduction to the monitoring of plants, water and soils. It provides hands-on and industry relevant experience in the tools and techniques for conducting a multi-disciplinary environmental assessment. Techniques for the design, implementation and analysis of environmental monitoring are examined. To increase the successful implementation of monitoring programmes in management protocols, ways to incorporate science in decision-making are explored. During this unit students will implement an environmental monitoring programme to generate a report on the state of the environment at Monash University.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Articulate the purpose for performing environmental monitoring and the importance of good experimental design and quality assurance in these programmes;

  1. Describe environmental monitoring techniques and tools for plants, water and soils and demonstrate the ability to implement a multi-disciplinary monitoring programme;

  1. Use quantitative skills to analyse and interpret data derived from environmental monitoring;

  1. Evaluate and integrate theory drawn from several disciplines to describe the results of environmental monitoring programmes to a broad audience.


Examination: 30%
Mini quizzes: 20%
Field report: 50%

Workload requirements

One 1-hour seminar and one 1-hour online activity per week; and eight 3-hour practicals and two half-day field trips per semester.

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Chief examiner(s)

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6 points of level one BIO.
Note that Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science double degree students are exempt from this pre-requisite.