- Scientific method (including an introduction to the cell theory and evolution as the unifying theories of modern biology)
- Understanding biodiversity (a survey of the characteristics of the major groups of living biota)
- Evolution in action - population and community ecology
- Biodiversity and the environment - marine, inland aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
- The future - conservation biology and restoration ecology
- Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
- Standard Media
- Streaming Multimedia
- Web links
No eligibility requirements
No special requirements
This subject was previously known as Introduction to Environmental Biology.
This subject introduces the theoretical and practical framework underpinning studies of natural ecosystems. Topics of classifying biodiversity, interactions within the biosphere and human impacts are explored using the unifying themes of the scientific method, cell theory and evolution. Detailed examples include the near shore marine environment, the freshwater environment and the arid terrestrial environment. Australian case studies illustrate basic principles. Practical work reinforces the environmental theme while building skills in observation, quantification, experimental design and interpreting data.
- Assignment 1 - Two practical reports (20%)
- Assignment 2 - 2 hour invigilated examination (50%)
- Assignment 3 - 3 x Online quizzes (30%)