SCI1800 - Introduction to environmental sustainability - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Science

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Foo Su Chern


Dr Foo Su Chern

Unit guides



  • Summer semester A 2019 (On-campus)


Humans have had an enormous impact on the world's resources to such an extent that our survival is in jeopardy. In this unit, students will investigate the potential of recent sustainability research with focus on a science perspective to understand these problems and to think of ways to ameliorate them - via protection of the environment to ultimately enhance the quality of life. Students will undertake several assessments related to supporting sustainability of our planet. The aim of the unit is to raise awareness on climate change among the students and learn ways to make a difference - starting from the individual.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of sustainability and sustainable development;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the Earth's physical, chemical and biological resources and their role in human survival;
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the ethical responsibility and impact of humans on the Earth's resources;
  4. Critically evaluate research into human impacts and sustainability and demonstrate knowledge and develop ideas as to how the impacts can be reversed or ameliorated;
  5. Design, analyse and communicate a research project relating to sustainability of the Earth;
  6. Demonstrate competence in information technology, scientific writing, problem solving, communication skills and team work.


Reading assignment: 20%

Tutorial business case: 5%

Mid-semester quiz: 15%

Group presentation: 35%

End of semester quiz: 25%

Workload requirements

This is a seven week Summer unit consisting of:

  • Scheduled learning activities consisting of 4 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial work per week
  • Independent study consisting 15 hours of private study/associated reading/preparation for scheduled activities/group work per week

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