ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1AlbanyMulti-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Environmental Science; Environmental Science and Management major sequences
  • 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; (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
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a portfolio of short assignments focused on problem solving in a given environment; (2) a group report on research approach, data collection, site information, and methods for the final report; 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:
ENVT2236 Soil Science or ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity or ENVT2250 Ecology
Co-requisites:
Chemistry ATAR or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent or permission of the unit coordinator.
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)
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