Problem Solving in Environmental Science

Subject EVSC90009 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 lectures (two per week) and 18 hours of practical/tutorials (one per week), and one day of field work.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Jan Carey, Prof Michael Keough


Dr Jan Carey

Prof Michael Keough

Subject Overview:

Students completing this subject should have an appreciation of environmental decision-making and the role of scientists in that process; have developed a critical understanding of methodologies used for the assessment of human impacts on the natural environment; understand the statistical principles underlying the design of environmental impact assessment and monitoring; and have experience in conducting and presenting the results of a multi-disciplinary research project in environmental impact assessment.

Topics include methodologies of hypothesis development, experimental design and testing in environmental impact assessment, design and analysis of sampling and monitoring programs and their subsequent analysis, evaluating proposed solutions for their technical feasibility and risk, and the role of scientists in environmental decision-making. Part of the tutorial component and the field day will involve students undertaking a modest original investigation of an environmental problem.

Learning Outcomes:



A three-hour end-of semester written examination, an oral presentation before an audience of staff and students, up to 3,000 words of essay work, and an additional report of up to 3,000 words implementing ideas in class to practical situations.

Graduate students enrolled in this subject may share class time with undergraduate students enrolled in a subject of the same name. The graduate students will be expected to obtain a minimum grade of 65% (H2B) for assignments or examinations common to the undergraduate assessment.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Climate Change
Climate Change
Environmental Science
Environmental Science

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