ENVSCI 101 : Environment, Science and Management

Science

2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Explores the science behind key environmental issues to recognise the role environmental science plays in understanding the interaction between humans and the environment. The complexity of environmental problems and the difficult task of integrating science, knowledge and values are discussed.

Course Overview

ENVSCI 101/G provides an introduction to a wide range of environmental problems and possible solutions and is relevant to anyone with an interest in the environment and the well-being of our planet. It aims to facilitate critical thinking and evaluation of environmental issues, and in doing so it will explore the many challenges associated with the management of environments. ENVSCI 101 is a required course in the Environmental Science major and is also offered as a General Education course (ENVSCI 101G).

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand the scope of environmental science as a discipline. (Capability 1)
  2. Describe the fundamental processes determining the behaviour of environmental systems, including the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere (Capability 1)
  3. Describe how human activity is affecting environmental systems and is changing their functioning (Capability 1 and 2)
  4. Apply basic skills in the fundamental methods of analysis used by environmental scientists (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)

Assessments

Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Exam 40% Individual Coursework
Test 20% Individual Coursework
Project 10% Individual Coursework
Assignments 30% Group Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Exam
Test
Project
Assignments

Tuākana

The course is supported by a ENV Tuakana tutor.

Key Topics

Module 1 - Introduces environmental science and why it is important.
Module 2 - Global Terrestrial Issues
Module 3 - Global Water Issues
Module 4 - Global Climate Issues

Learning Resources

All readings are available on Talis.

Special Requirements

Participation in a field trip unless excused.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 3 hours of lectures, a 1 hour tutorial, 2 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 1-2 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Copyright

The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html).

Disclaimer

Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

Published on 25/02/2020 11:24 a.m.