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Unit Overview


The unit teaches through four modules, reviewing four major themes in science— oceans, the marine environment, and pollution; minerals, soil processes, and land rehabilitation; population processes and disease spread; and sustainable food production. Students learn from the perspective of practising analytical scientist, and are involved in: primary data acquisition; formal analytical model development and specification; using computational approaches to solve analytical problems; and the communication of formal analytical results to a scientific audience. The overall unit focus is on using modern computational methods to specify and then solve analytical problems, and then presenting the results of formal analysis clearly and concisely.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face

Students are able to (1) understand and discuss key scientific relationships and processes relevant to all four modules; (2) demonstrate written evidence of an ability to develop concise, logical, analytical models to describe scientific processes; (3) use computer software to solve optimisation problems; (4) apply analytical and technical skills to describe fundamental scientific processes relevant to each module; (5) explain formal results clearly and accurately; and (6) undertake infield data sampling safely, using appropriate data collection methods.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class preparation activities; (2) quizzes; and (3) assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Atakelty Hailu
Unit rules
Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Subject Mathematics Applications
or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or MATX1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Mathematics Methods
and Unit(s) MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (ID 5108)
or MATX1721 Mathematics Foundations
Contact hours
5 x 15 minute online lectures per week, for 12 weeks
2 hr small group revision and computer practical class per week, for 12 weeks
2 x 3 hr metropolitan area field trip per semester
  • 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.