ENVR11014 - Environmental Monitoring

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In Environmental Monitoring you will learn the basics of ecosystem science as well as the research and industry skills necessary to carry out surveys and research in natural and impacted ecosystems. Your study will focus on two iconic Australian ecosystems, the Great Barrier Reef and the Brigalow Belt. The field skills you acquire in this unit will enable you to perform both academic research and industry surveys in ecosystems anywhere in the world. You will apply your knowledge of ecosystems, and animal and plant biology to sample collection, vegetation surveys, animal trapping and identification. You will also begin to learn some basic project management skills including how to legally document your work and to prepare and plan for safe field work. The residential school in this unit will involve animal trapping and will abide by the approved ethics proposal that includes the destructive sampling of some fish and, if caught, the euthanisation of pest species (e.g. cats) as required by law. Students are advised to contact the unit coordinator if they have any concerns with regard to this aspect of the unit. There is an additional cost for the off-campus component of the residential school in this unit.


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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.5% 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
Students enjoyed the off-campus nature of the residential school and the fast pace and diversity of activities.
We will maintain these elements of the residential school.
Action Taken
The Residential School was re-located to Great Keppel Island in 2020, the fast pace and diversity of activities/environments was further increased and students gained invaluable practical experience in an 'island classroom'.
Source: Students
Moodle and ECHO360 content and lectures did not occur or appear when and where expected and were not as organized or smoothly presented as possible.
This was the first year the unit was offered and a staff illness required some reorganization at the last minute to cover absences. Next year's offering will benefit from the availability of this years recordings and that should smooth out any irregularities.
Action Taken
Although face-to-face lectures were cancelled we preserved the timetabled lecture schedule with live ZOOM lectures with minimal disruption. Live ZOOM lectures were well attended by students and increased the opportunities for student engagement during COVID19 restrictions.
Source: Students
Accomodation at the residential school was sub-par.
We are actively seeking new places to host the off-campus residential school.
Action Taken
The Residential School was re-located to Great Keppel Island, taking advantage of the 2020 CQU/GKI Hideaway partnership agreement. Accommodation, facilities and catering provided by GKI Hideaway Resort were to a high standard.
Unit learning Outcomes
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