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Natural History (LARC10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeLARC10001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is natural history. This is an old, lovely, and holistic term referring to what is in the natural world. This subject joins the humanities and the sciences; it will be delivered across disciplines, with a rich and exciting mix of material and information. It is an overview of: human history and past landscapes; Earth history; some soils; how plants work; material conserved in collections; the history of natural history collecting; herbaria, museums, arboretums, and national parks; indigenous knowledge; agricultural history; ocean systems; and dealing with natural history in a designed, built, and managed future. It is suitable for all built environment majors as an Elective. Breadth students are very welcome; this will be an excellent subject for you. This subject will extend written skills and enhance appreciation of the variety of the natural world.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Have a good understanding of the range of inquiry in natural history, and how these inquiries are relevant today
  • Have an improved ability to collect, discuss and understand a range of materials

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • 3 x written exercises of 300-400 words each due Weeks 3, 4, and 5 20 (20%);
  • Catalogue and report on items from designated seen sources (e.g. Melbourne Museum); 800-1000 words, due Week 7 (20%);
  • Photo-based essay of approximately 1000 words, due week 9 (20%);
  • Essay on set topics from lectures of approximately 800-1000 words, week 12 (20%);
  • Short report on field trip done or weaving workshop equivalent to 400 words, due week 10 (10%);
  • Tutorial participation, effectively contributing to class discussion (10%);
  • Field Trips or Weaving Workshop, which will be in lieu of lectures and tutorial for the weeks that they run (Hurdle).

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorMargaret Grose
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1X2 hour lecture + 1X1 hour tutorial
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes

    Please note there is a field trip for this subject. Field Trip part of a day in lieu of lectures and tutorials in one week. It is expected students to keep themselves available for those times.

  • Breadth options

    This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 16 August 2019