GEPL508 Environmental Change in Australia

Updated: 27 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEPL308
Notes None
Combined Units GEPL308 - Environmental Change in Australia
Coordinator(s) Martin Thoms (
Unit Description

The aim of the unit is to increase our understanding of how and why Australian and global environments have changed over a range of timescales, particularly in response to human activities. Initially, the context of environmental change in Australia and globally is considered. Australia is a continent of extreme variability and we must understand this in order to dissect and disentangle the influence of humans, especially non-Aboriginal Australians, upon this environment. The unit then considers a range of different human impacts on natural systems with particular reference to Australian systems. We examine over-exploitation of resources, land use change, pollution, invasive species and water resource development. Finally, the unit explores ways to understand and manage human impacts using the frameworks of ecological goods and services and resilience in social-ecological systems.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. understand and critically analyse the context for recent environmental change provided by knowledge of natural environmental change at a range of timescales;
  2. demonstrate coherent knowledge of the important anthropogenic drivers of change;
  3. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the concepts of ecosystem services and social-ecological systems and critically apply the concepts to understanding and management of human impacts on natural systems; and
  4. apply conceptual frameworks and advanced analytical techniques to investigate anthropogenic impacts that model and contribute to life-long application in a career.