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ENVR11011 - Modern Environmental Issues

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In Modern Environmental Issues you will learn how scientific methods and knowledge inform issues of environmental concern. You will learn about different environments and their interaction with human population, resources and pollution, disturbance, atmospheric composition and air pollution, fossil fuels and renewable sources of energy, conservation and environmental management. You will begin to apply basic scientific knowledge and principles to researching and discussing environmental issues and 'wicked' problems.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Presentation 30%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Moodle site, evaluations, email, class (incl. Bb Coll sessions).
Numerous comments received praised the many variations & innovations in content delivery, forums, assessment items, model answers, and high level of engagement; the learning, understanding, & practical application gained from assessments; the practical & applied perspective; and the lecturer's succinctness, support, attention to detail, promptness, helpfulness, openness, humour.
To continue with these aspects, but also continue to refine and polish.
Action Taken
These components were reviewed generally to identify areas for further refinement, and implementation was continued.
Source: Moodle evaluation
A couple of aspects were raised a couple of times in evaluation feedback as needing attention with a view to improvement: lecture length (a couple of comments re too long), and the final assessment online test (a couple of comments suggesting some aspects were inappropriate).
These aspects will be reviewed. Regarding the online test, it will be important all course participants understand clearly the nature of the test, and the relevant instructions are clear; that participants continue to see weekly forums and tutorials as training, see the relevance of course content, and are aware of the likely input commitment required.
Action Taken
These components were reviewed and changes made to both the forum discussion assessment and the online test. No changes were made to lecture length but held over for future changes.
Source: Formal unit evaluation responses, informal student emails.
Students generally enjoyed the unit - its structure, content, and delivery. Components complimented this offering included several of the assessment tasks (assessable questions forums, audit, online test), the comprehensive content delivered, and the lecturer's support (tutorials, animations, Wayne's world, clarity and engagement, practical and relevant approach)
These aspects will be maintained, reviewed for improvement, and enhanced where possible.
Action Taken
Source: Formal unit evaluation responses.
Some students highlighted important deficiencies in assignment return, clarity of group discussion forum instruction, lecture length, and the availability of 'tick boxes'.
Upload of marked assignments and feedback will be double-checked for successful operation and formal notification of return provided (as trialed in another unit) implemented. Instructions and tasks for group discussion forums will be made clearer and less complex, with the role of 'model answers' made more explicit. Lecture length will be reviewed and changed. The availability of 'tick boxes' will be explored.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the underpinning science of environmental issues
  2. Discuss possible solutions to environmental issues
  3. Communicate the scientific basis of environmental issues to general audiences
  4. Discuss the ecological and scientific principles relevant to understanding natural and human impacts on the environment
  5. Synthesise information from scientific literature relating to modern environmental issues.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Presentation
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Presentation
3 - Examination
1 - Online Quiz(zes)