• Class Number 1734
  • Term Code 2920
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Simon Haberle
    • Dr Shimona Kealy
    • Dr Simon Haberle
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 09/01/2019
  • Class End Date 22/02/2019
  • Census Date 18/01/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 09/01/2019
SELT Survey Results

This intensive course will involve 4 weeks of in-country traveling and study at the University of Tokyo and the Mt Fuji region of Japan followed by equivalent time at the ANU and the Kioloa Coastal Campus facility. The course asks the fundamental questions, "How do we explain the remarkably abrupt changes that sometimes occur in nature and society?" and "What can knowledge of the past tell us about our future?". Much of what we know of the deeper past comes from natural archives of changing cultural landscapes and environment. In Australia and the Asia-Pacific region there is a rich body of evidence for past changes in culture, climate, landscape and biodiversity that is only just beginning to be explored. The evidence for critical transitions that have occurred in nature and society will be discussed and students will see first-hand examples of how environmental change has influenced past and present societies and cultures. The course combines in-class learning, museum visits and fieldtrips to Mt Fuji and the ANU's coastal campus (Kioloa Coastal Campus). The course will provide students with a deeper understanding and the practical skills to engage in current issues that span the sciences and humanities.

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:

LO 1. Describe the role that natural processes and human impacts may have on landscapes in the past and understand how the evidence is obtained.

LO 2. Reflect on the natural and human influences that explain past cultural and environmental conditions and be able to communicate these to a general audience.

LO 3. Evaluate how differing perceptions of natural and cultural landscapes have influenced societies through time.

LO4. Learn to communicate ideas about environmental change effectively in two contrasting cultures.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lectures and fieldtrips - Week 3-4: CLEC Schedule for 2019 in Australia The schedule for the Australian portion of the CLEC intensive summer course runs from 29th January to the 10th February, 2019. 29th Jan - 9th Feb Lectures and field trips at ANU and region. 1rst-3rd Feb Coastal field trip Note: The University of Tokyo, Japan, component of this course will not be conducted through Wattle. The schedule for University of Tokyo 2019 is as follows - 8th Jan: ANU Students to arrive and brief orientation for students 9th Jan: Orientation for students of UTokyo-ANU students and city tour 10-16th Jan: Seminars on Japanese language and Mt Fuji (Asakura Tour)
2 Schedule - Week 3-4: Detailed schedule for 2019 - ANU

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Workbook 30 % 10/02/2019 25/03/2019 1,2,3
Quiz 10 % 06/02/2019 06/02/2019 1,2,3
Research oral presentation 30 % 08/02/2019 08/02/2019 1,2,3,4
Essay 30 % 25/02/2019 25/03/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 10/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/03/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Online reflective journal of daily activities that is uploaded to the free online Story Book platform - 6 days randomly selected to be assessed at 5% each = total 30%. To be completed by 5.00pm on the 10th Feb 2019.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 06/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 06/02/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


A quiz of multiple choice questions - 20 questions is worth 10% and will be held on the afternoon of 6th Feb 2019.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 08/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 08/02/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research oral presentation

Research oral presentation (20 min) on selected key topic chosen during the course. Working in small group to research and present as a group oral presentation. This will be completed during the final 2 days of the course… and presented on the 8th February 2019.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 25/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/03/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Research Essay (2,500 words max)

Research essay: due 5.00pm on the 25th February, 2019

In preparation for your research essay, you will need to consult at least ten scholarly sources, i.e., books and journals. Additional sources found on the Internet are permitted, but they should be kept to an absolute minimum.

NB: you will select the four questions outline on Wattle, or you may develop your own question… in consultation with the course convenor by the end of the final week of the course… (8th February 2019).

Notes on formatting for all submissions:

  • lines should be double spaced;
  • use a standard 12-point font (such as Times New Roman);
  • footnotes must conform to the Chicago Manual of Style;
  • references (including the bibliography) are not… included in the word count.

Submission method:

  • a soft copy via Wattle and through turnitin.com

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Simon Haberle

Research Interests

Palaeoecology, Environmental Science, Archaeology

Dr Simon Haberle

Monday 09:00 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 12:00
Dr Shimona Kealy

Research Interests

Dr Shimona Kealy

Monday 09:00 16:00
Dr Simon Haberle

Research Interests

Dr Simon Haberle

Monday 09:00 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 12:00

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