ENSC3013 Environmental Systems
- 6 points
|Semester 1||UWA (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
- The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
- Category B broadening unit for students
- Level 3 elective
- 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.
- 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.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) reports; and (3) tests. 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
- completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific Engineering Science major, including [(ENC2001 Motion and ENSC2002 Energy) or (ENSC1004 Engineering Materials and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics)] and (MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods)
- Contact hours
- lectures: 3 hours per week; practical classes: 2 hours per week
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.