Land and Water (11776.1)
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| Bruce, Canberra
|Faculty Of Science And Technology
|Academic Program Area - Science
|Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
The unit covers topics of geomorphology, surface and groundwater hydrology, environmental chemistry and how these interact with soils and biota at the land surface. Practical activities, including field trips, focus on linkages between different parts of the landscape, and will highlight current themes relevant to industry and the community to connect the fundamental theory to applied issues. This unit addresses various Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLO) for environment and sustainability endorsed by the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (ACEDD).
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Analyse evidence from spatial and temporal patterns the characteristics of soil, biota and water to determine the nature and activity of different environmental processes across the landscape, and how these influence patterns in geomorphic and ecological zones;
2. Interpret how chemical, biological and physical processes influence the flow of nutrients and contaminants around the landscape;
3. Evaluate how a system may respond to change in the fundamental driving forces in catchment properties; and
4. Communicate with diverse groups in various contexts using a range of written, oral and visual means (ACEDD TLO 3.5).
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
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Prerequisites11773 Applied Ecology OR 10231 Ecology
Equivalent units10224 Integrated Catchment Science
|Teaching start date
|29 July 2024
|Dr Duanne White
Required reading and manuals are available electronically from the UC Library e-reserve and/or on the unit's Canvas site. Note that students are expected to search for, and review, additional literature for assignments and to read widely on the topics that we cover – a list of relevant articles is available from the Canvas site.
We will use the e-textbook Fryirs and Brierley (2013) Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscape througout the unit. This is accessible via the UC Library - please see Canvas for a week-to-week guide on which chapters to cover.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Submissions for the final assessment will be in-class presentations, unless otherwise negotiated with the unit convenor.
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 for this unit involve 58 hours of contact time (30 hours of lectures and practicals and 28 hours of field trips). The balance of 92 hours should be dedicated to self-directed study, including reading, preparation for workshops and the various assessments.
Participation in the major field trip during week 8 is a critical part of this unit and its assessments, and non-attendance is by exception only, to be negotiated with the unit convenor.
Both lectures and practical classes will provide links to, and guidance for the assignments, and attendence at all of these is strongly encouraged. Lectures will be streamed in hyflex mode where applicable, but practical classes are in-person mode only.
Required IT skills
Students will continue to develop skills in GIS in this unit. Basic familiarity with systems such as ARCMap or QGIS is desirable, but not essential.
Students will need to fund accomodation costs not exceeding $200 for the major field trip in week 8
Work placement, internships or practicums