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Environmental Science

MajorYear: 2017

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Overview

Environmental Science is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.

The Environmental Science major will attract students seeking an interdisciplinary scientific perspective, for work largely in scientific and environmental careers. Graduates should be well placed to offer leadership through a solid understanding of environmental modelling, monitoring and assessment techniques, and application of technology.

This major will provide an appreciation for the role of modelling in environmental science; an overview of the range of environmental models in use; the skills required to model environmental systems and processes; an introduction to the construction and mathematical analysis of environmental models; and a high level of ability to analyse and evaluate environmental issues.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:

  • Knowledge to undertake professional practice in environment or sustainability, including:
    • Specialised knowledge in an environmental discipline or field of practice, including knowledge of recent developments in this field
    • Knowledge of the cross-disciplinary nature of environmental issues and professional practice to promote sustainable futures
    • Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to specialist field of environmental inquiry
  • Skills for collaborative and creative problem solving in environmental practice, including:
    • Ability to critically analyse and synthesise environmental knowledge
    • Ability to envision environmental change and propose pathways to realise this change
    • Ability to communicate complex environmental knowledge and research effectively to a range of audiences
    • Ability to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams
    • Technical skills for professional practice and research in field of specialisation
  • Demonstrated capacity to:
    • Exercise well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner in an environmental discipline or professional field
    • Plan and execute a substantial project in an area of environmental research or practice

Upon completion of the Environmental Science major, students will be able to:

  • Describe major current global environmental challenges facing scientists and policy-makers;
  • Discuss the relevance of a range of scientific disciplines to environmental management including meteorology, ecology, toxicology, hydrology, geology and epidemiology;
  • Analyse the role of various evidentiary approaches to supporting science-based arguments including empirical observation and analysis, modelling and use of expert opinion; and
  • Judge the merit of scientific arguments made in documents related to environmental policy

Structure

200 credit points

Students will be required to complete the three core subjects, plus choose two subjects from the compulsory specialisation subject list. Students in the 200 point pathway must also take at least 12.5 points of subjects from the compulsory capstone subjects – these subjects enable students to complete an independent project related to professional practices in environment science. Students in the 100 point pathway will not normally be required to complete this component. Student must also undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The selection of electives is made in consultation with the Environmental Science major coordinator. More information about this stream can be found here:

http://environment.unimelb.edu.au/study/specialisations/environmental-science

To enter the Environmental Science stream, students must have completed the equivalent of at least 25 points of subjects (quarter of a full-time year of study) in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry or Earth Sciences.

Subject Options

Core Subjects

Students are required to complete the subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MULT90004 Sustainability Governance and Leadership
March
July
12.5
EVSC90017 Global Environmental Change
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90019 Graduate Seminar: Environmental Science
Semester 2
12.5

Compulsory Subjects

and choose 2 subjects from the list of:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
October
12.5
EVSC90020 Environmental Modelling
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90028 Monitoring Environmental Impacts
Semester 2
12.5

Compulsory Capstone Subjects

Students must complete at least 12.5 points from the following compulsory capstone subjects - please note that if you select either a 25 or 50 point research project that spreads across two semesters you must enrol into the Part 1 and Part 2 subjects over consecutive semesters. Students in the 100 point pathway will normally be exempt from this requirement.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
EVSC90019 Graduate Seminar: Environmental Science
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90006 Environmental Research Review (12.5)
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90007 Environmental Research Project (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90016 Environmental Research Project (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90025 Environmental Industry Research (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90020 Environmental Industry Research (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90035 Environmental Research Project - 25 Pt1
February
July
12.5
ENST90036 Environmental Research Project - 25 Pt2
January
July
12.5
ENST90037 Environmental Research Project - 50 Pt1
February
July
25
ENST90038 Environmental Research Project - 50 Pt2
January
July
25
ENST90039 Environmental Industry Research - 25 Pt1
February
July
12.5
ENST90040 Environmental Industry Research - 25 Pt2
January
July
12.5
ENST90041 Environmental Industry Research - 50 Pt1
February
July
25
ENST90042 Environmental Industry Research - 50 Pt2
January
July
25
DEVT90002 Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90007 China Field Class PG
June
25
DEVT90008 International Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
SCIE90017 Science and Technology Internship
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25

Electives

Students should make up the balance of the award with electives. Subjects in the list below are recommended. Other subjects may be taken with the approval of stream coordinator.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ABPL90009 Participation and Negotiation
July
December
12.5
AGRI90057 Climate Change:Agric.Impacts&Adaptation
July
12.5
AGRI90066 Soil Science and Management
Semester 1
12.5
ATOC90002 Climate Affairs
Semester 1
12.5
ATOC90004 Current Topics in Atmospheric Research Not available in 2017 12.5
BOTA90005 Flora of Victoria
Summer Term
12.5
CHEM90007 Environmental Chemistry
Semester 1
12.5
CHEM90008 Advanced Spectroscopy
Semester 1
12.5
CHEM90010 Advanced Chemical Applications 1
July
12.5
ENEN90005 Environmental Management ISO 14000
Semester 2
12.5
ENEN90011 Energy Efficiency Technology
Semester 2
12.5
ENEN90027 Energy for Sustainable Development
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90028 Monitoring Environmental Impacts
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90005 Environmental Policy
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90009 Problem Solving in Environmental Science
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90015 Environmental Impact Assessment
Semester 1
12.5
FRST90026 Bushfire & Biodiversity Not available in 2017 12.5
FRST90032 Forests, Carbon and Climate Change
Semester 2
12.5
FRST90034 Ecological Restoration
September
12.5
GEOG90003 Integrated River & Catchment Management
Semester 1
12.5
GEOL90005 Hydrogeology/Environmental Geochemistry
Semester 1
12.5
GEOM90008 Foundations of Spatial Information
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
HORT90003 Plants and the Urban Environment
Semester 1
12.5
MAST90044 Thinking and Reasoning with Data
Semester 1
12.5
MAST90045 Systems Modelling and Simulation
Semester 1
12.5
MULT90005 Interdisciplinarity and the Environment
March
Semester 2
12.5
MULT90012 Industry Project in Science Not available in 2017 12.5
NRMT90002 Management of Plant and Animal Invasions
Semester 2
12.5
SCIE90004 Science in Context Not available in 2017 12.5
SCIE90005 Ethics and Responsibility in Science
Semester 1
12.5
SCIE90007 E-Science Not available in 2017 12.5
SKIL90004 Project Management in Science
Semester 1
12.5
VETS90016 Wildlife Management
Semester 1
12.5
SCIE90012 Science Communication
Semester 2
12.5
MAST90072 Data and Decision Making
Semester 1
12.5
MKTG90022 Commercialisation of Science
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
October
12.5
EVSC90019 Graduate Seminar: Environmental Science
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90020 Environmental Modelling
Semester 1
12.5
DEVT90002 Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90008 International Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST70001 Environmental Research Proj (50 Long)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST70002 Environmental Industry Research: 50 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90006 Environmental Research Review (12.5)
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90007 Environmental Research Project (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90016 Environmental Research Project (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90020 Environmental Industry Research (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90024 Environmental Research Project - 25 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90025 Environmental Industry Research (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90026 Environmental Industry Research: 25 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90019 Graduate Seminar: Environmental Science
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90007 China Field Class PG
June
25
GEOG90020 Risk Management and Public Participation
Semester 1
12.5
ENST90017 Environmental Policy Instruments
Semester 2
12.5
LING90002 Presenting Academic Discourse
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90026 Modelling Species Distributions & Niches
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
SCIE90017 Science and Technology Internship
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MGMT90171 Leadership in Science
Semester 1
12.5
ENST90033 Climate Change Mitigation
Semester 1
12.5
FRST90025 Bushfire & Climate
February
12.5
EVSC90001 Global Environment and Sustainability Not available in 2017 12.5
FRST90078 Conserving and Managing Native Forests
July
12.5

Notes

Other subjects may be approved at the discretion of the coordinator.

Links

http://www.environment.unimelb.edu.au/

Last updated: 19 October 2018