Environmental Studies - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assessments - may incl. online tests (100%)

Unit provided by

2018 Fees
Domestic 1,169.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 1,419.00

This unit is intended to extend the students' knowledge of the environment through the study of selected topics in Environmental Studies. All topics are available in online/independent mode. A selection of nine topics will be offered and students will select two. These topics include: studies in the environmental impact of hazardous wastes and contaminated sites; mining; water treatment; and agriculture. Studies in the atmosphere and soil environments are also included. Further information on the contents of the topics will be available from the unit coordinator.

All unit material, including learning guides, is accessed via Blackboard (Learning Hub).

Assessment by assignments and online tests, depending on topics chosen.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify the factors necessary to aid a solution to an environmental problem
  2. Communicate ideas with a well developed level of written communication
  3. Critically assess and evaluate factual information on environmental problems
  4. Discuss in an informed way how anthropogenic activities will impact on the environment.
  • Assessments — may incl. online tests (100%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

You should also have some knowledge of Chemistry, if you choose topics 2 or 4

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Hazardous waste and contaminated sites
2Human impacts on the atmosphere
3Introduction to environmental science
4Environmental chemistry of soil
5State of the environment
6Mining and the environment
7Water treatment
8Environmental dissertation
9Agriculture and the environment

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This unit is an approved elective 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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