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Problem Solving in Environmental Science (EVSC30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeEVSC30002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject includes methods of hypothesis development, experimental design and testing in environmental impact assessment, design and analysis of sampling and monitoring programs and their subsequent analysis, and evaluating proposed solutions for their technical feasibility and risk.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject students should:

  • appreciate environmental decision-making and the role of scientists in that process
  • be able to describe the methods used for assessing human impacts on the natural environment
  • identify and apply statistical principles underlying the design of environmental impact assessment and monitoring
  • demonstrate the application of scientific ideas to practical environmental problems
  • conduct and present a multidisciplinary research project in environmental impact assessment

Generic skills

Upon successful completion students should demonstrate the generic skills of being able to:

  • employ highly developed conceptual, analytical, quantitative and technical skills and are adept 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
  • communicate clearly and convincingly about science and technology to expert and non-expert audiences

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
EVSC30003 Environmental Risk Assessment
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

A statistics subject is strongly recommended.

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.

This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in practical work activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Student Equity and Disability Support.

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


Additional details

Written essay work totalling 1500 words due during the assessment period (37.5%);

A 10-minute small-group oral group presentation during the last 3 weeks of semester (25%);

A 90-minute written examination due mid-semester (37.5%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAllyson O'Brien
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 x one hour lectures per week, and 18 hours of practicals/tutorials during the semester
    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

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019