EVST19015 - Australian Environmental History

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit uses an historical perspective to examine the interaction between people and their environment in the Australian setting. You will look at the underlying reasons why and how successive generations have used and shaped their natural environment, noting their goals, values and technologies. You will develop skills in using environmental histories as a means of problem solving and for better resource management and policy-making.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
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 2 - 2019

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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. Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 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%).

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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: Have Your Say (Moodle Site)
There was a lot of favourable feedback about the unit, including the statement that the content in environmental history is highly relevant to current environmental issues, as well as the quick return of assessment with detailed and constructive feedback.
I will continue to maintain the quality of the unit through constructive feedback on assessment pieces and being returned to students in a timely manner. The content of the study guide chapters is continually updated and made to be as relevant as possible.
Action Taken
I actioned all of these in 2018, and they helped to maintain a unit that was generally liked by students.
Source: Have Your Say (Moodle Site)
Some students said they would like more engagement through forum activities.
There already exists some weekly activities for students to do, which are written into the study guides. However, I will also add these and other discussion questions to weekly forum activities so that the students who want to engage with these questions can do so online with their peers.
Action Taken
I did include more discussion forum activities, but very few students actively engaged with these.
Source: Have Your Say
Some students would like the date when assignment submission open to be earlier.
I will open the date for submissions earlier.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Have a basic understanding of a range of human-nature interactions on the Australian continent since pre-European times.
  2. Have an understanding of how to apply historical data to both the resolution of environmental issues (data such as: documents, government reports, interviews, aerial photographs, remote sensing and images/film) AND to nurturing processes such as 'stakeholder empowerment' in environmental protection.
  3. Have specific knowledge of some aspect of environmental history in a location and topic of choice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural 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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment