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 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 2 - 2021

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Attendance Requirements

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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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 18.18% 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: Have Your Say
There was some feedback about th assessment types, which currently include two short essays and one longer project paper. It was suggested that maybe this could be mixed up a bit more with the introduction of a quiz to release a short essay.
It is recommended to explore the option of a quiz by surveying students about what they might collectively prefer as assessment for this unit.
Action Taken
In the main, students were happy to continue with the assessment types as they are. The two short essays allow students to focus on two different areas, and they appreciate the amount of choice within these assessments.
Source: Have Your Say
Some students asked for more interaction and discussion around topics.
I will facilitate more specific online discussions in order to enhance opportunities for student/lecturer interaction. These will involve zoom sessions as well.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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