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EV1005 - Environmental Processes and Global Change

[Offered in odd-numbered years in JCU Singapore. ]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
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

  • develop scientific communication skills;
  • understand how the Earth functions as a dynamically interactive system;
  • understand the causes and complexity of major global and regional environmental problems;
  • integrate knowledge and values within the context of environmental issues, particularly global change;
  • solve problems in an environmental context.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Problem task - (30%) - Individual.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
EV1001 EA1002

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Paul Nelson
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Paul Nelson, Professor Mark Hamann, Dr Chris Wurster, Dr HanShe Lim.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 27 hours practicals
  • 3 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 04-Aug-2022
Workload expectations:

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

  • 61 hours - Combined Lectures; Practicals; and fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Scott Smithers
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Scott Smithers, Professor Mark Hamann.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 27 hours practicals
  • 8 hours fieldwork
  • 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.