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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to environmental issues associated with the impacts of human use of natural resources. The unit focuses on the skills required for a graduate to explore an environmental issue (e.g. finding and determining the reliability of relevant information and identifying stakeholders). Teamwork and academic writing skills are assessed.

Unit content

  1. A historical perspective of environmental issues
  2. The knowledge base for environmental issue enquiry
  3. Socio-political responses to environmental issues
  4. Identifying stakeholders
  5. Indigenous knowledge
  6. Working in teams and reflection
  7. Pathways to professional life in environmental disciplines

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify and define environmental issues Ethical practice Communication and social skills
2 use and evaluate the sources of scientific and social evidence Ethical practice Lifelong learning
3 identify stakeholders and the social processes affecting an environmental issue Communication and social skills
4 communicate environmental issues in a professional manner Ethical practice
5 understand how to work in a team in a scholarly and professional setting Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and define environmental issues
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. use and evaluate the sources of scientific and social evidence
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. identify stakeholders and the social processes affecting an environmental issue
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. communicate environmental issues in a professional manner
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  5. understand how to work in a team in a scholarly and professional setting
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.