Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
|Dates & Locations:
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials, and 12 hours of lab classes.
Total Time Commitment:
|Recommended Background Knowledge:
|Non Allowed Subjects:
|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.
CoordinatorDr Tony Weatherley
Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
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:
Bridgman, H, Dragovich, D and Dodson, J (2008), The Australian Physical Environment, Oxford University Press
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.
|Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
At the completion of this subject students should have the following skills:
|Links to further information:
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
Civil (Engineering) Systems major
Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures major
Environmental Science major
Geomatics (Geomatic Engineering) major
Landscape Architecture major
Landscape Management major
Physical (Environmental Engineering) Systems major
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.
Urban Design and Planning major
|Related Breadth Track(s):
Living in Australia's Hazardous Ecosystems
Engineering and Environments
Natural systems and the history and ecology of our designed world
Greening Urban Landscapes
Natural systems and our designed world
Exploring Landscape Architecture
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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