Undergraduate | UNE-GEPL111 | 2024
Earth in Crisis?
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- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Entry requirements
- Part of a degree
- 16 weeks
- 26 Feb 2024
About this subject
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.
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, you 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 and Library Exercise - 250 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5;
Assessment 2: Written Assignment on an Environmental Issue - 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5;
Assessment 3: Take Home Exam - Timed Moodle Quiz. 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5.
- Online quiz and library exercise (10%)
- Written Assignment on an Environmental Issue (40%)
- Take Home Exam - Timed Moodle Quiz (3 hrs) (50%)
For textbook details check your university's handbook, website or learning management system (LMS).
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Part of a degree
To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- UNE-ART-DIP-2024 - 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.
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.
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Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees