Earth in Crisis?
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Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge on physical and scientific processes that drive Earth's environment;
- describe the spatial and temporal magnitude of global environmental issues impacting on Earth's physical landscape;
- critically evaluate the anthropogenic role behind the emergence of global environmental issues;
- demonstrate a firm understanding on sustainable use and conservation of natural resources through the link between sound science and wise environmental stewardship; and
- apply life-long foundation skills in scientific communication and physical geography methodology in an associated career.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
Candidature in Diploma in Arts
- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- Other requirements -
Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Planet Earth is undergoing vast anthropogenic induced environmental changes to its physical landscape. By holistically drawing upon basic physical and theoretical underpinnings from a range of scientific disciplines like geoscience, ecology, biogeography, meteorology, climatology, oceanography, and conservation biology, students will explore and understand the issues and physical impacts surrounding atmospheric and hydrological pollution, biodiversity loss, species extinctions, desertification, soil degradation, global climate change, and declining fisheries. The human impact on Earth's environment through population growth, the expansion of the urban environment, the global food crisis, and environmental economics, will be also addressed. Sustainable natural resource use is advocated by linking sound science with wise environmental stewardship.
Assessment 1 Online Quiz: 250 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5 Assessment 2 Essay: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5 Assessment 3 Take Home Exam: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5
- Online quiz and library exercise (10%)
- Take Home Exam - 2 hrs 15 mins (50%)