UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Environmental 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 gives students a strong basis for assessing the state of, and human impacts on, various environments. Students discuss natural and agricultural catchments, urban land, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and focus on urban ecosystems from an earth science perspective. Students conduct scientific investigations of such environments in a class project involving design of a sampling program, collection and analysis of samples and interpretation of data after applying recognised methods for management of data and metadata and rigorous statistical techniques. The interpretations of data are used to provide recommendations on the state and use of the environments studied. Students acquire experience, as a useful member of multidisciplinary teams of scientists, that create opportunities for independent practice as an environmental consultant.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) collect quantitative environmental data through sampling and analysis of water, soil, sediment and biological samples; (2) critically appraise such data using appropriate statistical methods and spatial analysis such as ANOVA, regression analysis, and geostatistics including variograms and ordination; (3) convey environmental information quantitatively in a way that allows impact and risk to be assessed; and (4) produce a science-based environmental assessment report.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) preparation of initial components of the final report; (2) short assignments focused on problem solving in a given environment; and (3) A detailed report on environmental assessment based on the class project. 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) Dr Andrew Rate
Unit rules
Prerequisites: ENVT2250 Ecology or ENVT2220 The Climate System or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity; for pre-2012 courses: none
Advisable prior study: for pre-2012 courses: EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils and ENVT2251 Environmental Hydrology
Incompatibility: ENVT3336 Land, Soil and Water Research Project; ENVT8336 Land, Soil and Water Research Project
Contact hours lectures: 1 hour per week; practical classes: 4 hours per week (one practical session involves field work)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/ENVT3361/SEM-1/2017

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