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EV1005 - Environmental Processes and Global Change

Credit points: 03
Year: 2017
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject provides an introduction to environmental science and is the foundation subject for students majoring in, or with an interest in, earth science, environmental science, environmental management or physical geography. It gives an overview of the most important groups of environmental processes in terms of their operation, complexities and natural and human interactions. We focus on the status of scientific knowledge and the knowledge gaps of the particular process. Each topic provides an overview of the process, set within the context of major environmental problems related to it. We review the science needed to contribute to the understanding of the problem in finding solutions to it. Topics covered may include: the global climate system and climate change, natural hazards, water in the environment, landform development, sustainability of the earth's resources, ecosystems and biodiversity, population growth and indigenous issues relating to the environment. The practical/workshop sessions will develop themes introduced in lectures, and introduce the technical tools and methods used by practitioners in the field.

Learning Outcomes

  • to develop oral and written communication skills;
  • to provide an overview of how the Earth functions as a dynamically interactive system;
  • to integrate knowledge and values within the context of environmental issues, particularly global change;
  • to promote an understanding of the causes and complexity of major global and regional environmental problems;
  • to provide practice in problem solving in an environmental context.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
EV1001 EA1002

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 23-Mar-2017
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Mark Hamann
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Mark Hamann, Professor Jonathan Nott, Assoc. Professor Scott Smithers, Dr Yetta Gurtner.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 27 hours practicals
  • 8 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (20%); practical, tutorial & field exercises (30%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 23-Mar-2017
Coordinator: Professor Jonathan Nott
Lecturers: Professor Jonathan Nott, Assoc. Professor Mark Hamann, Mr Peter Whitehead, Assoc. Professor Paul Nelson.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 27 hours practicals
  • 3 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (10%); essays (10%); practical, & field exercises (30%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
Census Date 06-Apr-2017
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Mark Hamann
Lecturer: Ms Melanie Halliday.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 27 hours practicals
  • 8 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (20%); practical, tutorial & field exercises (30%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
Census Date 07-Dec-2017
Coordinator: Professor Jonathan Nott
Lecturer: Dr Mandar Godge.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 27 hours practicals
  • 8 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (20%); practical, tutorial & field exercises (30%).

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