• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Engineering, Environmental Science, Resource and Environmental Management
  • Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Marta Yebra
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

To better understand and manage the rapid pace of environmental change, there is a need to develop accurate and effective environmental sensing, mapping and modelling techniques. In this course, students will learn about and compare the methods used to investigate environmental systems and parameters including techniques for measuring water, air, soil, vegetation, light, noise and vibration. Students will also learn about remote sensing from ground-, and space-based platforms, including how these platforms allow the collection of information essential to monitor, quantify and forecasting the condition and behaviour of the environment. Students will then investigate mapping tools to represent spatial and temporal changes of environmental values and develop computational methods and models to extrapolate societal understanding of the measured and mapped environmental data. Collectively, the topics explored in the course will give students experience in using spatiotemporal environmental data to underpin evidence based environmental decision making. This course will provide an important focus on indigenous perspectives and contributions to this field of study. Students will be able to draw on course materials that provide diverse gender, cultural, and geographical perspectives on these topics.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and evaluate appropriate monitoring and modelling strategies to characterise environmental systems and processes.
  2. Understand and explain the key principles and components of a remote sensing system.
  3. Understand and demonstrate how to collect, handle and analyse environmental data obtained from various measurement and remote sensing techniques.
  4. Demonstrate the application of environmental mapping and modelling techniques to investigate environmental systems and processes.
  5. Communicate informed critique or analysis of environmental sensing and modelling across a range of mediums.

Work Integrated Learning


Students may engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a component of the course

Indicative Assessment

  1. Workshop / lab exercises (25) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Presentation (10) [LO 3,4,5]
  3. Assignment (25) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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130 hours per semester consisting of the following activities each week:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lecture plus 1 x 2 hour workshop per week
  • Approximately 82 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.
  • Field trip: Half day local trip discussing application with industry stakeholders.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements for this course is currently not available

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed a minimum of 72 units of tertiary study, which must include: PHYS1001 or PHYS1101, and MATH1013 or MATH1115 or MATH1014 or MATH1116

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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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
9307 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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