Environmental Monitoring - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - GIS/Remote sensing (25%) , Assignment 2 - Design (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,070.00
International 2,320.00

This unit provides a conceptual background to the design and implementation of environmental monitoring programs, and practical experience in the collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of monitoring data. The unit considers physical, chemical, biological and social monitoring, and short and long term programs. Geographical information systems and remote sensing are given special attention. The unit considers monitoring of terrestrial and aquatic (both marine and freshwater systems) in addition to airborne compounds and social systems.

The primary objective of this unit is to examine the many interacting factors that constitute sustainability issues and to understand some of the ways we can move to greater sustainability by actions at scales ranging from local to global.

After completing this unit you should be able to:

  1. describe how socio-economic and ecological dimensions interact and the significance of integrated responses to enhance sustainability
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the significance of and interaction between global, regional and local scales for sustainability issues
  3. critically analyse interconnections between environmental conditions and human values, practices, institutions
  4. use these skills and knowledge to suggest and critique practical actions and policies that enhance sustainability
  5. engage openly in critical, evidence-based discussion of sustainability challenges and options.
  • Assignment 1 — GIS/Remote sensing (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Design (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Why Monitor.
2Framework for Designing a Monitoring Program, Sampling Designs.
3Sampling Designs.
4Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Monitoring.
5Sampling Considerations and Statistical Analysis.
6Remote Sensing For Monitoring and Change Detection.
7GIS and Remote Sensing Errors.
8Monitoring the Social Environment.
9Designing Social Monitoring Programs.
10Monitoring Marine Resource Usage.
11Vegetation Monitoring.
12Biomonitoring and Monitoring River Health with AusRivAS.
13Soil Health and catchment quality.
14Monitoring and Completion Criteria in Minesite Rehabilitation.
15Air Quality Monitoring.
16Case Study Monitoring marine animals.
17From Local to State to National Monitoring.
18Case Study: School and Community Monitoring
19International Monitoring Programs.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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