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  • Objectives
    Course objectives include:

    * an appreciation for the role of modelling in environmental science;
    * an overview of the range of environmental models in use;
    * the skills required to model environmental systems and processes;
    * an introduction to the construction and mathematical analysis of environmental models;
    * a high level of ability to analyse and evaluate environmental models;
    * describe major current global environmental challenges facing scientists and policy-makers;
    * discuss the relevance of a range of scientific disciplines to environmental management including meteorology, ecology, toxicology, hydrology, geology and epidemiology;
    * analyse the role of various evidentiary approaches to supporting science-based arguments including empirical observation and analysis, modelling and use of expert opinion; and
    * judge the merit of scientific arguments made in documents related to environmental policy.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Science (Environmental Science)
  • Course description
    Course structure  (all subjects are 12.5 points each, total points: 200)

    Discipline Core (62.5 points)

    Students must take:

    o 600-654 Global Environmental Change, plus
    o 600-303 Environmental Risk Assessment*, plus
    o 600-653 Environmental Monitoring and Audit, plus
    o Environmental Modelling (This subject will not be available until semester 1, 2010), and
    o Graduate Seminar: Environmental Science (This subject will not be available until semester 2, 2010)

    Discipline Elective (37.5 points)

    Students must take 3 of the following subjects:

    o 625-634 Climate Affairs
    o eScience ** (this subject will not be available until semester 2, 2010)
    o 600-617 Systems Modelling and Simulation
    o 606-608 Restoration Ecology (offered every second year from 2009)
    o 121-532 Environmental Impact Assessment
    o 451-610 Fundamentals of GIS
    o 207-412 Environments of Urban Landscapes
    o 207-501 Management of Plant and Animal Invasion
    o 250-650 Wildlife Management
    o 207-511 Soil Science and Management
    o 610-680 Environmental Chemistry*** (may not be available beyond 2009)
    o 610-360 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry***
    o 606-305 Vegetation Management and Conservation***
    o 606-607 Flora of Victoria*** (summer semester)
    o 654-608 Conservation Biology***
    o 625-608 Hydrogeology**** (summer semester)

    * Exemption from this subject will be granted if the student has completed this as part of their undergraduate degree.

    ** These subjects can be taken either as an elective discipline subject or as an elective professional tool (but cannot be counted as both).

    *** This subject is only available as an elective to a student if an equivalent subject has not been completed in the student's undergraduate degree.

    **** Availability of subject may depend on timetabling constraints.

    Project Module
    (12.5 points)

    o 600-611 Industry Project (this subject will not be available until semester 2, 2010)

    Professional Tools Module
    (87.5 points)

    Professional Tools Core
    (75 points)

    Students must take:

    2 Business Tools Units

    o 600-614 Business Tools: Money, People and Projects, plus
    o Business Tools: The Market Environment (this subject will not be available until semester 1, 2010) plus

    2 Science Tools Units

    o 600-615 Thinking and Reasoning with Data, plus
    o 600-618 Ethics and Resonsibility in Science, plus

    2 Communication Tools Units

    o 600-619 Science and Communication, plus
    o 600-616 Science in Context

    Professional Tools Elective
    (12.5 points)

    Students must take 1 of the following Science Tools subjects:

    o eScience (this subject will not be available until semester 2, 2010) and/or
    o 600-617 Systems Modelling and Simulation1 and/or
    o Critical Analysis in Science (this subject will not be available until semester 2, 2010)

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