Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject is not offered in 2011.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials, and 12 hours of lab classes. |
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None specified|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None specified|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.
Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
|Subject Overview:||An understanding of natural systems is crucial for sustainable management and design. This core subject of the Bachelor of Environments degree introduces students to the main systems that shape the natural world. The subject examines the evolution of the planet Earth, our climate and global weather and the formation and processes of our present landscapes and associated ecosystems. |
Topics for discussion include: plate tectonics; climate change; the water cycle; major biogeochemical processes, such as soil formation, and the interactions and implications of these processes for the distribution, properties and functioning of tropical and temperate forests, grasslands, deserts, arctic and alpine landscapes; historical and current patterns of plant and animal biodiversity; ecological principles; the scales at which we examine natural systems. The subject utilises topical case studies from diverse discipline areas to emphasise key fundamentals underpinning sustainable management and design.
At the completion of this subject students should be able to:
3 online in-semester quizzes of 20-30 minutes duration each (15%); 10 minute project outline (oral progress report during tutorial) from group project (15%); final report of group project of 2000-3000 words (20%); final presentation of 15-20 minutes of semester long group project (10%); 2-hour end of semester examination (40%).
|Prescribed Texts:||Bridgman, H, Dragovich, D and Dodson, J (2008), The Australian Physical Environment, Oxford University Press|
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
At the completion of this subject students should have the following skills:
|Links to further information:||http://www.benvs.unimelb.edu.au/|
|Notes:||Students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.|
Bachelor of Agriculture |
Bachelor of Environments
Bachelor of Science
Civil (Engineering) Systems
Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures
Physical (Environmental Engineering) Systems
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Urban Design and Planning
|Related Breadth Track(s):||
Living in Australia's Hazardous Ecosystems |
Civil and Environmental Systems
Exploring Landscape Architecture
Engineering and Environments
Greening Urban Landscapes
Natural systems and our designed world
Natural systems and the history and ecology of our designed world
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