• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Daniel Connell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2020
    Winter Session 2020
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Graduate Preparatory Environmental Science (EMDV7901)

The aim of the introductory science course is to revise basic scientific facts and concepts so as to prepare students for science-based courses, and to help understand the science that underpins environmental issues. The course is non-mathematical, and avoids unnecessary scientific jargon. Students in the Resources Environment and Development program (READ) are required to take the science-based course EMDV8026 Introduction to Environmental Science (unless they have already studied Environmental Science), and this science module helps prepare them for it. The Masters of Climate Change also requires that students take some science-based courses.

Students arrive in our program with many different backgrounds and levels of competence in science. Some students may already be familiar with the concepts in the science prep course, while others may be embarking for the first time on scientific study. The course ensures that all students are brought to the same level.

Environmental management is based on a scientific, evidence-based understanding of the natural environment and human interactions with it. For environmental problems, part of the solution always lies in objective and reliable knowledge about the way in which different management plans will affect the biophysical world. Understanding any environmental issues in the modern world requires some appreciation of science.

Science for the environment is primarily biological and chemical, with some contribution from simple physics and earth sciences. In addition, this module helps prepare students for the use of scientific language, and touches upon the nature and limitations

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Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1156 13 Jan 2020 14 Feb 2020 14 Feb 2020 21 Feb 2020 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6207 15 Jun 2020 17 Jul 2020 17 Jul 2020 24 Jul 2020 In Person N/A

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