ENVR11012 - Applications of Environmental Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit describes the science behind environmental problems caused by human activities. Students will develop practical skills in the laboratory and the field that relate to environmental assessment. Students will integrate science knowledge and practical techniques to propose solutions to environmental problems. Topics covered are: energy and biomass flow in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; water resources and pollution; land degradation; the soil environment; formation and degradation; evolution of agricultural systems.

Details

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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2018

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 10%
2. Presentation 10%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
4. 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

No previous feedback available

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: Emails, Moodle evaluation
Feedback
Some students were dissatisfied with aspects of the residential school and the associated assessment, specifically appropriateness and organisation of the activities the time available to write the technical report.
Recommendation
Those contentious aspects of the residential school will be improved where possible and made clearer, including methods resources and additional material published earlier, and the time to write the technical report will be extended. Terms and concepts to be covered during residential school also will be published before residential school. ALC assistance will be arranged to help students with Excel use. Learning outcomes and aims of the residential school task will be emphasised more in the approach to residential school, and resources provided for the report writing (e.g., detailed template) will be highlighted more.
Action Taken
These aspects were addressed and modified for this offering. In particular a day of the residential school was set aside for students to begin writing the technical report with staff advice readily available should students opt to use the time in this way. Additionally, the report deadline was extended significantly to two weeks.
Source: Moodle evaluation
Feedback
Return of assessment too tardy.
Recommendation
Focus of 2016 on improved assessment marking and return will continue, and will be improved further where possible.
Action Taken
This issue was improved with concerted effort, and reminder advice emails when assessment marks and feedback were available.
Source: Emails, Moodle evaluation
Feedback
Numerous positive comments regarding the unit operation, components, and support mechanisms
Recommendation
These aspects will be maintained and improved where possible.
Action Taken
These aspects were maintained and some refinements identified and implemented.
Source: Formal unit student evaluations, informal student feedback.
Feedback
Aspects of unit receiving complimentary evaluation included unit content (topics, comprehensive lectures, residential school), assessment tasks and style (assessable questions, technical report) and the delivery (support features of the unit, weekly summaries and tutorials, lecturer attention and response, the practical and applied approaches).
Recommendation
These aspects will be maintained and refined where possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Formal unit student evaluations, informal student feedback (including a straw poll).
Feedback
Some students viewed the writing day as unnecessary and preferred a shorter residential school.
Recommendation
Since this was a new modification and removal was not the majority student view, this feature requires continued monitoring and further consideration.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Formal unit student evaluations, self-reflection
Feedback
An infrequent criticism that residential school instructions could be made clearer.
Recommendation
These instructions will be reviewed with a view to make them clearer and more supportive to provide more knowledge and comfort prior to attendance at residential school.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply knowledge of scientific content to describe the basis of environmental science problems.
  2. Perform practical environmental field and laboratory assessments and report the results.
  3. Demonstrate research communication skills relevant to environmental issues.
  4. Analyse environmental problems and propose strategies to address the problems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Presentation
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Examination
2 - Presentation