BIOS 3035 Sustainable Environments

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Mark Tjoelker Opens in new window

Description As a student in Sustainable Environments you will synthesize and apply your knowledge about how ecological systems are responding to human impacts in the Anthropocene and how adaptation and mitigation can moderate these impacts. You will demonstrate knowledge of the role of biological and physical processes in provision of ecosystem services. You will apply analytical skills to identify sustainable solutions in social-ecological systems. You will incorporate social and cultural contexts, including relevant Aboriginal perspectives, in communicating science-based knowledge related to the United Nations sustainable development goals in an independent, problem-based sustainability project.

School Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) BIOS 2008

Restrictions Students must successfully compelte 40 credit points at Level 2

Assumed Knowledge

Students will be expected to apply previous knowledge in ecology and environmental assessment.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain how social, biological and physical processes interact to maintain sustainable ecological systems.
  2. Apply frameworks of sustainability and ecosystem services to an ecological system.
  3. Identify risks and opportunities for sustainability in an ecological system.
  4. Using evidence, effectively communicate the social and ecological contexts of an environmental problem and sustainable solutions.

Subject Content

Sustainability in a changing world
- sustainability frameworks
- Ecosystem services and valuation
Guided case studies (anchored in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals)
- climate action
- Clean water
- sustainable cities and communities
- life on land
Sustainability project design and application
- modelling and analysis
- team-based sustainability Project


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Frameworks and Application 500 words (x3) 30 N Individual
Vision Reports 500 words (x3) 30 N Individual
Sustainability Presentation 15 minutes 20 N Group
Reflections on Sustainability 1000 words 20 N Individual

Teaching Periods