• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Environmental Science, Forest Science and Management, Resource and Environmental Management, Biodiversity Conservation
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Ceridwen Fraser
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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Ecosystems depend on linkages between the physical environment, vegetation and fauna, and these interactions are critical for ecological sustainability. This course explores how these linkages and interactions function, and how they are assessed. You will develop skills in surveying vegetation and fauna in a range of ecosystems (including marine, coastal and inland; modified and natural) and describing the key environmental features that influence the distributions of flora and fauna (eg. climate and landforms). Patterns of and feedbacks between these features will be explored, and you will learn about the consequences for sustainability when balanced systems are disrupted using examples from ecosystems in diverse parts of the world.
The course includes weekly lectures and practical sessions that may involve workshops, laboratory classes, and field trips to reserves, farms and the Fenner School's existing long-term research sites around Canberra. Students taking this course are required to take as a co-requisite ENVS2018 Environmental Science Field School, which runs a multi-day field trip during the mid-semester break, or will have taken a course equivalent to ENVS2018. The latter part of the Biodiversity Science course draws on some of the practical skills and insights gained during the Environmental Science Field School, to enable you to integrate field skills with theoretical approaches including core knowledge, experimental design, and the critical interpretation of biophysical data.
This course develops fundamental skills for graduates seeking careers in all fields of environmental science and natural resource management, provides important background for those wishing to pursue careers in all forms of environment and sustainability, and assists students to identify areas of specialisation in later parts of their degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. describe the key biophysical attributes of ecosystems

2. demonstrate an understanding of the complex linkages and between environmental and biological features in ecosystems

3. demonstrate a capacity to effectively interpret and communicate key information about ecosystems to a range of audiences

Indicative Assessment

1. Practical exercises (25%) [LO 1,2]
2. Research report (30%) [LO 1,2,3]
3. Poster (15%) [LO 2,3]
4. Exam (30%) [LO 1,2]

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A total of 130 hours, including 60 contact hours comprising lectures, tutorials, practicals and field trips and up to 70 hours of self study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 18 units towards a degree and currently enrolled in ENVS2018. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed ENVS2003 and ENVS6201

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text. Reading material will be provided throughout the course.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research and/or ENVS1004 Australia's Environment is strongly recommended prior to taking this course.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9100 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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