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EV2130 - Introduction to Urban Ecosystems

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Urban ecosystems are the cities, towns, and urban settlements built and inhabited by people. The growth of urban populations and the consequent need for built infrastructure has affected both urban areas and their surroundings, including suburban and rural environments. This subject introduces theories and principles related to urban ecosystems, including natural, social, cultural, and economic processes. Topics discussed apply to all urban environments and focus upon biodiversity, ecosystem services, hydrology, landscape architecture, climate, policy, social and human ecology, and urban planning. You will examine urban ecosystems as complex man-made systems where nature - its services, meanings, maintenance, and management - permeates everyday living. As a result, you will be able to develop concepts and plan for resilient urban environments, which respond to current world pressures such as climate change, and are healthier places to live, work and visit.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an broad understanding of urban ecosystems;
  • Critically evaluate theories and models for assessing and planning urban ecosystems;
  • Develop concepts and plan for resilient urban environments;
  • Communicate effectively and persuasively using oral, design, and written skills.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (35%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Essays - (35%)
  • Case Studies - (30%).
Prerequisites: 12CP of level 1 subjects.


Townsville, Study Period 3, Intensive
Census Date 06-Feb-2020
Face to face teaching 28-Jan-2020 to 01-Feb-2020 (9-5pm Tue 28 Jan - Sat 1 Feb 2020)
Coordinator: Ms Nikki Huddy
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 20 hours lectures - Recorded
  • 20 hours practicals
  • 10 hours workshops/Seminars - Seminars
  • 4 hours online lectures - Online tutorial
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.