Design and apply environmental monitoring programs for land and water systems. Use GIS and remote sensing tools. Make connections between people and nature. Practically collect, study, interpret and report data to detect and quantify ecological impact.
This research-based university in Perth has a strong interdisciplinary focus and a reputation for outstanding teaching and ground-breaking research. With more than 22,000 students and 2,000 staff from over 90 countries, and campuses in Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch embraces free thinking, shared ideas and knowledge to make a difference, and Open Universities Australia is certainly part of that.
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:
describe how socio-economic and ecological dimensions interact and the significance of integrated responses to enhance sustainability
demonstrate an understanding of the significance of and interaction between global, regional and local scales for sustainability issues
critically analyse interconnections between environmental conditions and human values, practices, institutions
use these skills and knowledge to suggest and critique practical actions and policies that enhance sustainability
engage openly in critical, evidence-based discussion of sustainability challenges and options.
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.