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|Year and Campus:||2008|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
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The B.Environments degree is an innovative initiative from the University, and will provide students with the skills needed to be creative thinkers and to solve twenty-first century problems. The degree brings together expertise from a range of discipline areas across the University to provide leadership in the study of the built, natural and virtual environments, and is unique within Australia. This three year degree will give you a broad understanding across diverse environments, whilst providing you with the opportunity to focus on an area of specialisation of your choosing.
Graduates of the B.Environments will be able to think about the environment beyond the short term, and play an active role in maintaining, designing and constructing sustainable areas in which to live, work and visit.
|Objectives:||The B.Environments has as its objectives that graduates: |
• can demonstrate a broad knowledge of the sciences, social sciences and design in an environmental context, with a higher level of understanding in one of these areas;
• understand the social, historical and professional context of their area of study;
• are well-versed in the technical language and concepts relevant to their area of study;
• can access and appreciate national and international debates in their area of study;
• can demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
• can apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems;
• have a capacity to apply practical skills and technology to problem-solving;
• can demonstrate innovation and creativity;
• are able to engage confidently in self-directed study and research;
• can demonstrate strong teamwork and interpersonal skills;
• can act as informed participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force;
• can communicate effectively in written, oral and graphical form;
• qualify for employment in a wide range of occupations;
• have a continuing commitment to learning;
• are proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:||
In the first year of the Bachelor of Environments, students take two core subjects, 880-101 Natural Environments and 880-102 Reshaping Environments. They then select four subjects from the following Bachelor of Environments subjects:
In addition, students take two breadth subjects for a total of eight first year subjects. First year breadth subjects may be selected from University wide breadth subjects or subjects available in other New Generation degrees.
Students in the Bachelor of Environments are able to take one of eleven majors. Specific first year subjects may be required in order to progress through particular majors. More detailed information on course structures, subject descriptions and prerequisites are available below and at the Bachelor of Environments website: www.benvs.unimelb.edu.au
Students should also note that second and third year Environments subjects do not yet have subject codes.
Architecture Major |
Civil Systems Major
Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures Major
Environmental Science Major
Second and Third Year
Landscape Architecture Major
Landscape Management Major
Second and Third Years
Physical Systems Major
Second and Third Years
Urban Design Major
Managing City Development
|Entry Requirements:||VCE Units 3 and 4, a study score of at least 25 in English (any) or equivalent |
IB - English Grade 5 Standard Level or Grade 4 Higher Level
|Core Participation Requirements:||It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. This course requires all students to enrol in subjects where they must actively and safely contribute to laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability will affect their meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.|
|Further Study:||As a graduate of the Bachelor of Environments you will have the opportunity to continue your study through an honours year, a professional masters or a research higher degree in an area related to your undergraduate study area. In addition to this, from 2008 the University will be offering a range of new graduate-entry only programs, available to graduates of any 3-year Bachelor degree. |
Professional Masters degrees are available in Architecture, Construction Management, Engineering, Forest Ecosystem Science, Landscape Architecture, Property, Urban Horticulture and Urban Planning.
Graduate study will provide you with the opportunity to investigate a research project of your interest, further develop your project management and problem solving skills, and in some cases gain national and international professional recognition in your field.
The Bachelor of Environments' balance between cross-disciplinary learning and disciplinary specialisation provides an ideal setting in which to develop the University of Melbourne's graduate attributes. Graduates will develop in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline through the 112.5-point major sequence. They will be exposed to a contrasting ‘way of knowing' through the breadth component. Finally, they will have the opportunity to take 37.5 points of electives from within the Bachelor of Environments to broaden their knowledge of complementary disciplines.
Exposure to a range of disciplines within and outside the Bachelor of Environments will ensure students are able to critically examine and synthesise different types of knowledge. They will have diverse learning experiences in settings ranging from the lecture theatre and tutorial room to the design studio, scientific lab and computer lab, allowing them to expand and adapt their cognitive and analytical skills. Bachelor of Environments graduates will be characterised by their creative, flexible and multi-disciplinary approach to the sustainable design and management of the environment. Students will be required to learn a range of communication techniques in their Bachelor of Environments studies, including written, oral and graphical. They will develop practical laboratory and computer skills and apply these to problem-solving.
Bachelor of Environments subjects will encourage students to work independently as well as in groups, and become adept at finding information for themselves through research and experimental activities, and the use of technological applications. Throughout the Bachelor of Environments, a strong sense of professional ethics, intellectual integrity and social responsibility will be instilled in students. Students will develop an awareness of environmental impacts and management at a global scale, and an understanding of their professional responsibilities to shape and manage environments in a sustainable way.
They will be well-positioned to become active global citizens and ambassadors for sustainable environmental values in all their endeavours.
|Generic Skills:||Students in the B.Environments should develop the following skills: |
• demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
• apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems;
• apply practical skills and technology to identify new opportunities and solve problems;
• demonstrate innovation and creativity;
• engage confidently in self-directed study and research;
• demonstrate strong teamwork and interpersonal skills;
• communicate effectively in written, oral and graphical form;
• use appropriate modern technologies for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
|Links to further information:||www.benvs.unimelb.edu.au|
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