UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ENVT5509 Global Ecological Challenges

Credit 6 points
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(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Content This unit introduces students to the major global ecological challenges (e.g. changing climate, extreme natural and man-made disturbances and population pressure) and the associated uncertainties in predicting consequences for humankind. Students engage in critical analysis of the scientific evidence and gain greater understanding of the major drivers underpinning system change at the global scale and how these are expressed locally. The unit uses a 'flipped classroom' approach that encourages independent student investigations of hot topics in global ecology, including presentations and group discussions.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of global ecological processes and challenges and link them with local examples; (2) reassess and balance their own opinions on major ecological challenges; and (3) analyse evidence and develop logical critical arguments to evaluate the interacting causes of environmental change.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) an essay; (2) an oral presentation; and (3) discussion participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Grzegorz Skrzypek
Unit rules
Prerequisites: erolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510)
Contact hours lectures/presentation/discussions: 1 x 2 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/ENVT5509/SEM-1/2017

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