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ENV3639 - Global resources and energy management

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader(s): Dr Wayne Kirstine


Gippsland Second semester 2009 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)


This unit will involve the student in the effective use of the internet for gathering information. It will cover aspects of economic geology, recovery of resources, renewable resources, economic use of energy in conversion to products, basic economics of world trade including material balance, and policies for conservation of the environment as well as the resource. Study guides and a reader (including case studies) will be issued to guide the student in each topic area. Laboratory/tutorials/field work will enhance the theory. Students will be encouraged to develop and express their own views on strategies for alternative/renewable energy sources and materials for a sustainable future.


On successful completion of this unit the student should have a basic knowledge of how resources are deposited, distributed and discovered; appreciate (from case studies): methods of recovery, upgrading and value-adding; be educated in the material balance of global trade; be able to discriminate between good and poor conservation or resource management; have a balanced view of industrial and environmental needs; be able to make value judgements on the importance of sustainable resource development; develop an awareness of factors leading to the need for implementing alternatives to mineral and energy resources; and be able to plan effectively for future needs.


Examination: 50%
Assignment: 30%
Laboratory-field work: 20%

Contact hours

12 hours per week including home study, field work plus 2 days on-campus at vacation school


ENV2737 or ENV1722

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