BIO1042 - Environmental biology
6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Science
Leader(s): Associate Professor Gordon Sanson, Dr Gerry Rayner
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)
A study of the biosphere, environmental conditions and their effects on animals, plants and communities; responses of organisms to environmental conditions; interactions between plants and animals; environmental genetics and microbiology; management of biological resources; and an introduction to ecology and the impact of humans on the environment. As for BIO1011 the unit is structured to encourage self-paced learning with considerable feedback on individual performance.
On completion of this unit, students will understand how humans interact with their biological environment; appreciate the diversity of plants, animals and their habitats; develop skills to assess the biological health of the environment; appreciate the special multidisciplinary nature of research in environmental biology; have developed skills to carry out and write up a research project; and will have skills in analysis and the presentation of quantitative information in environmental biology.
Examinations (2.5 hours): 40%
Practical work: 30%
Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical (or tutorial equivalent) per week