GEPL111 Earth in Crisis?

Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Rajanathan Rajaratnam (rrajarat@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Planet Earth is undergoing vast anthropogenic induced environmental changes to its physical landscape. By holistically drawing upon basic physical and theoretical underpinnings from a range of scientific disciplines like geoscience, ecology, biogeography, meteorology, climatology, oceanography, and conservation biology, students will explore and understand the issues and physical impacts surrounding atmospheric and hydrological pollution, biodiversity loss, species extinctions, desertification, soil degradation, global climate change, and declining fisheries. The human impact on Earth's environment through population growth, the expansion of the urban environment, the global food crisis, and environmental economics, will be also addressed. Sustainable natural resource use is advocated by linking sound science with wise environmental stewardship.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences

ISBN: 9780195576757
Hay, I., Oxford 4th ed. 2012

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future

ISBN: 9781292020846
Wright, R.T. and Boorse, D.F., Pearson 12th ed. 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Essay 30% On Campus 1500
Assessment Notes

Environmental Issue

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Essay 40% Off Campus 2000
Assessment Notes

Environmental Issue

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Online Quiz 10% On/Off Campus 250
Assessment Notes

Online Quiz and library exercise

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Practical 10% On Campus 250
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50% On/Off Campus
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge on physical and scientific processes that drive Earth's environment;
  2. describe the spatial and temporal magnitude of global environmental issues impacting on Earth's physical landscape;
  3. critically evaluate the anthropogenic role behind the emergence of global environmental issues;
  4. demonstrate a firm understanding on sustainable use and conservation of natural resources through the link between sound science and wise environmental stewardship; and
  5. apply life-long foundation skills in scientific communication and physical geography methodology in an associated career.