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Natural History (LARC10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeLARC10001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is natural history —that holistic term about what is in the natural world. The focus is on botany and some geology, but the framing is how the natural world relates to us, both now in the built world and in the past. It is suitable for built environment majors as an elective and for other students as breadth. It is an overview of: human history and past landscapes; Earth history; some soils; how plants work; conservation; the history of natural history; herbaria, museums, arboretums, and national parks; indigenous knowledge; crops and agricultural history; ocean systems; and dealing with knowledge and data across disciplines. This subject is short essay-based, and will extend visual and written skills.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Describe major human and landscape changes;
  • Have a good understanding of the range of inquiry in natural history;
  • Understand current imperative in conservation on both land and ocean;
  • Understand various aspects of the natural world in relation to the built environment.

Generic skills

Students completing this subject will have developed the following generic skills:

  • Verbal presentation and appropriate use of design terminology
  • Written communication
  • Communication of design ideas.

Last updated: 05 May 2017