Meeting Environmental Challenges: Foundations (11771.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Science And Technology|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Academic Program Area - Science||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Develop a broad and coherent knowledge of environments at various scales, interdependencies between human societies and environments, and sustainability (ACEDD TLO 1.1);
2. Describe disciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to identifying and conceptualising environmental and sustainability challenges (ACEDD TLO 2.1);
3. Understand diverse approaches to environment and sustainability including their own and others' values, knowledge, ethical positions and interests (ACEDD TLO 2.3);
4. Address research questions by identifying, synthesising and applying appropriate scientific knowledge and evidence from diverse sources (ACEDD TLO 3.1); and
5. Demonstrate communication skills through working both independently and collaboratively (ACEDD TLO 3.4).
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
In this course you will engage with some of the globe's most immediate challenges. You will learn the scientific basis of those global issues and develop an understanding of how to start to formulate solutions.
This is a 'real-world' unit, so you will be challenged from the outset to think about the complex nature of problems. You will develop the skills and learn the approaches to engage with these problems and start to disentangle that complexity.
This unit is the ideal for people going on to work in environmental consulting, education, land and water policy and management and ecological or conservation research. But it is also of direct relevance to anyone who lives in modern society.
After a brief introduction to how we engage with complex problems, we will move into a set of 'modules' which are challenge focussed. Throughout the unit tutorials will be used to provide you with general skills which apply across all modules.
In each module you will interact with staff who are subject-matter experts in these particular areas.
Module 1: Climate and weather
Module 2: Urbanisation
Module 3: Land use change
Module 4: Extreme events
Module 5: The food/energy/water nexus
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Dr Ross Thompson|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Dr Ross Thompson|
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
In order to pass the unit:
- Students are required to attend both fieldtrips in full.
- Students are required to attempt all assessment items.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
The contact hours in this unit consist of 24 hours of lectures (2 hrs x 12 weeks), 5 hours of tutorials (1 hrs x 5 weeks) and 11 hours of practical/field work. The remaining 110 hours of workload should be distributed across self-directed study and the various assessment tasks,
You must attend all field classes and practical sessions. As location and circumstances of field/practical sessions vary throughout semester details relating to attendance requirements (e.g. recording of attendance) will be communicated by the unit convener in class and via Canvas.
Required IT skills
You will need to be a capable user of Word and Internet search engines
Work placement, internships or practicums