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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces computing, basic statistics and scientific writing skills required for environmental management. Use of spreadsheets, word processors, library databases, presentation software and the Internet is included. Different variable types, how to summarise and graphically represent data and basic descriptive statistics are introduced. Emphasis is placed on managing and presenting environmental information and helping students become independent in their future computing activities.

Unit content

  1. Word processing
  2. Application of spreadsheets
  3. Data analysis
  4. Introduction to statistics: data types, number skills, rounding, significant figures and use of scientific calculators
  5. Description of sample data: tables, graphs, frequency distributions, histograms and polygons
  6. Measures of central tendency: mean, mode and median
  7. Measures of dispersion, variance and standard deviation
  8. Presentation software.

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: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 use the resources available in the library to conduct a literature search
2 use a word processor to prepare assignments, present tabular data and incorporate graphics into a report at a professional standard
3 show recognition of the different types of variables used in environmental science and management
4 calculate means and standard deviations, using a scientific calculator
5 use a spreadsheet to make calculations, produce graphs, analyse data and produce high quality output for a report
6 use a presentation package to improve the quality of the visual aids used in a seminar

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

  1. use the resources available in the library to conduct a literature search
    • GA5:
  2. use a word processor to prepare assignments, present tabular data and incorporate graphics into a report at a professional standard
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. show recognition of the different types of variables used in environmental science and management
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. calculate means and standard deviations, using a scientific calculator
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. use a spreadsheet to make calculations, produce graphs, analyse data and produce high quality output for a report
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  6. use a presentation package to improve the quality of the visual aids used in a seminar
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

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