Subject details

  • Topics
    • Why Monitor.
    • Framework for Designing a Monitoring Program,
    • Sampling Designs.
    • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Monitoring.
    • Sampling Considerations and Statistical Analysis.
    • Remote Sensing For Monitoring and Change Detection.
    • GIS and Remote Sensing Errors.
    • Monitoring the Social Environment.
    • Designing Social Monitoring Programs.
    • Monitoring Marine Resource Usage.
    • Vegetation Monitoring.
    • Biomonitoring and Monitoring River Health with AusRivAS.
    • Soil Health and catchment quality.
    • Monitoring and Completion Criteria in Minesite Rehabilitation.
    • Air Quality Monitoring.
    • Case Study Monitoring marine animals.
    • From Local to State to National Monitoring.
    • Case Study: School and Community Monitoring
    • International Monitoring Programs.
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment

The primary objective of this subject 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 subject 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 - Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Design (25%)
  • Assignment 3 - GIS/Remote sensing (25%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject considers physical, chemical, biological and social monitoring, and short and long term programs. Geographical information systems and remote sensing are given special attention. The subject considers monitoring of terrestrial and aquatic (both marine and freshwater systems) in addition to airborne compounds and social systems.

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