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This subject focuses on how science contributes to environmental decision-making and management. Students will investigate how science from different disciplines is used and apply it to the process of environmental monitoring and assessment. Workshops associated with each module will emphasize practical aspects of how decisions get made in the face of scientific uncertainty. An individual capstone project will provide opportunities for in-depth critical thinking and analysis in an area of interest chosen by the student. By the end of the subject, students will have a scientific toolbox that they can use to solve real-world environmental problems after graduation whether undertaking further study or in the workforce.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Examine the role of scientists in the process of environmental decision-making;
- Apply different scientific approaches to environmental problems;
- Analyse methods used for assessing human impacts on the natural environment;
- Evaluate statistical principles underlying the design of environmental impact assessment and monitoring; and
- Produce new ideas or solutions for environmental problems through a capstone experience.
Upon successful completion students should demonstrate the generic skills of being able to:
- employ highly developed conceptual, analytical, quantitative and technical skills;
- demonstrate adeptness with a range of technologies;
- evaluate the role of science in addressing current issues facing local and global communities;
- apply appropriate methods to solve a scientific problem, including the planning and undertaking of a significant project;
- work effectively in groups to meet a shared goal with people whose disciplinary and cultural backgrounds differ from their own; and
- communicate clearly and convincingly about science and technology to expert and non-expert audiences.
Last updated: 6 December 2023