UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ENSC3013 Environmental Systems

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Environmental specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Mining specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the Civil specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit provides an introduction to the functioning of the Earth's environment, the physical, hydrological and ecological processes for environmental systems, and a holistic systems approach to how these processes respond and interact with each other. The unit covers theories and quantitative techniques to understand interactions between water, air and soil, and the ecosystem's response to these interactions.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) function effectively as a multidisciplinary team; (2) write concise technical reports; (3) give a professional oral presentation; (4) manage group discussion; (5) locate and evaluate sources of information including references and appropriate data; (6) articulate the role of environmental engineers; (7) quantify the temporal and spatial scales of importance in environmental systems; (8) quantify the temporal and spatial scales of importance for catchment processes including interaction between ground and surface water and ecological process; (9) identify and quantify the role of biogeochemical processes in environmental systems; and (10) quantify and conceptualise multiscale change in environmental systems, including impact assessement and prediction of future dynamics.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi
Unit rules
Prerequisites: completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific Engineering Science major, including ENSC2001 Motion, ENSC2002 Energy and (MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods)
Incompatibility: ENVE1601 Environmental Systems Engineering
Contact hours lectures: 3 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.ecm.uwa.edu.au/Units/ENSC3013/SEM-1/2017

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