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ENVR11011 - Fundamentals of Environmental Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit aims to develop an awareness of the value of the application of scientific knowledge and methods to problems of environmental concern. This unit is designed to be of interest to both non-science and science majors. Topics covered are: The environment, human population, resources and pollution; ecosystems, community structure and genetic diversity; structure of the atmosphere and air pollution; energy - alternate sources and conservation; and nuclear power and environmental consequences and waste management.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA 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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2014

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online

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. Group Discussion 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
3. Presentation 20%
4. Online Test 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 31.91% response rate.

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: Students (Have Your Say)
Feedback
Assessment Return
Recommendation
The five Fortnightly Assessable Questions (FAQ's) engage students and are relevant to developing student's writing and critical thinking skills. They also represent a heavy marking load. The unit coordinator will either reduce the number of FAQ's, their delivery in a way that reduces the marking load but also ensures students are gaining the skills they need, or a shift to class feedback for each FAQ rather than individual feedback.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students (Have Your Say)
Feedback
Engaging lectures
Recommendation
Students enjoyed the new lectures this year and also the lectures from previous years. The unit coordinator will record new lectures from 2021 and also include interviews and panel discussions from partner organisations and industry experts as is popular in ENVR12001 (Soil Science and Conservation).
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students (Have Your Say)
Feedback
Assessment Return
Recommendation
The five Fortnightly Assessable Questions (FAQ's) engage students and are relevant to developing student's writing and critical thinking skills. They also represent a heavy marking load. The unit coordinator will either reduce the number of FAQ's, their delivery in a way that reduces the marking load but also ensures students are gaining the skills they need, or a shift to class feedback for each FAQ rather than individual feedback.
Action Taken
Assessment content was reviewed.
Source: Students (Have Your Say)
Feedback
Engaging lectures
Recommendation
Students enjoyed the new lectures this year and also the lectures from previous years. The unit coordinator will record new lectures from 2021 and also include interviews and panel discussions from partner organisations and industry experts as is popular in ENVR12001 (Soil Science and Conservation).
Action Taken
New lectures were delivered.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply scientific understanding to a discussion of environmental problems.
  2. Evaluate possible solutions to environmental problems.
  3. Communicate the scientific basis of environmental processes to general audiences.
  4. Use practical skills for the scientific study of the environment.
  5. Acquire, interpret, present and report basic experimental data.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Presentation
4 - Online Test
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
8 - Ethical practice
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
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Presentation
4 - Online Test