Monitoring Environmental Impacts

Subject ENEN90028 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lecture plus practice classes each 10 hours/semester. 5 day field camp. Total 45 hours
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours for the semester
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Completion of the following subject or equivalent will assist with learning in this subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Non Allowed Subjects: Credit points will not be given for either of the following subjects when taking this subject
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit



Dr Michael Stewardson


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Subject Overview: The subject will consist of one field camp involving practical exercises in environmental monitoring and a semester long project to design an environmental monitoring program supported by weekly practice classes.
  • Component skills taught in this subject:
  • Conceptualising environmental responses
  • Evaluating existing evidence of causal links
  • Selecting measurement techniques (considering scale issues)
  • Designing an environmental sampling program
  • Statistical methods for detecting environmental variations
  • Attributing environmental variations
Objectives: At the conclusion of this subject students should be able to:
  • Identify the practical challenges of conducting environmental observations.
  • Design an environmental monitoring program to meet the requirements of a client, including conceptualising the environmental system under investigation
  • Select environmental sensors, sampling theory and field techniques
  • Use and interpret environmental measurements
  • Use a range of environmental instrumentation
  • Demonstrate team and communication skills through the participation in a major group project
  • Reports, totaling 3000 words, prepared in parts continuously over the semester (25%)
  • 2000 word report due mid-semester (15%)
  • 4 x 15 minute tests distributed throughout the semester (15%)
  • Field camp activities in mid-semester break (15%)
  • On-line discussions throughout semester (5%)
  • Reflective on-line journal, maintained during semester (5%)
  • 2 x 10 minute oral presentations, one at mid-semester the other at end of the semester (20%)
  • Participation in the field camp is a hurdle
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member
Notes: Field trip will have associated food and accommodation costs
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Laws
Master of Engineering Management
Master of Engineering Management
Master of Engineering Project Management
Master of Engineering Project Management
Master of Environmental Engineering
Master of Environmental Engineering
Master of Water Resource Management
Master of Water Resource Management

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