What is it and why should I do it?
Our generation is living through a historic Earth System crisis that demands sustainable and far-reaching solutions. Environmental Science seeks to understand the social and environmental causes of today's environmental crisis, on a local and global level. This subject has a strong emphasis on investigating solutions to each environmental issue we examine. We begin by studying Earth as an interconnected system that supports life. We then narrow down our focus towards the pollutant, biodiversity and climate crisis.
Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary subject. It therefore compliments a spectrum of career pathways and passions. Examples of fields employed in the subject include Earth System Science, Ecology, Geology, Climate Science, Physics, Mathematics (Statistics/modelling), Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Development and Politics.
What will I do in class?
Students in Environmental Science will engage in a variety of activities - it is a theoretical and practical subject. We will be involved in class discussions, engaging with current environmental principles and issues. We will frequently discuss sustainable management/solutions, looking at topical case studies on the local and global arena. There will be times during when interactive lectures are run, where students will need to ask questions and take notes.
How much homework will I have?
Homework requirements will be both student directed and completed work requirements not completed in class. There is an expectation that students create and summarise notes on the content, finish class activities and complete revision tasks prior to assessments. Most of the learning will happen in a classroom environment through social construction of ideas.
How do I satisfactorily complete the unit?
Assessment for Unit 1 and 2 is varied, and consists of practical investigations, analysing or designing solutions to environmental case studies, tests and exam based assessments throughout each semester.
Unit 1: How are Earth’s dynamic systems interconnected to support life?
- SAC 1: How is life sustained on Earth?
- SAC 2: How is Earth a dynamic system?
- SAC 3: Practical investigation - Investigate a solution to a rift in an ecosystem based on evidence from collected data.
- Unit 1 Exam
Unit 2: What affects Earth’s capacity to sustain life?
- SAC 1: When does pollution become a hazard?
- SAC 2: What makes pollution management so complex?
- SAC 3: Case study: Investigate a case study involving the management of a selected pollutant of local interest.
- Unit 2 Exam
Satisfactory completion of Unit 1 and 2 will require meeting the learning outcomes via successfully completing all SACs and Exams. Students can also demonstrate their understanding by interacting in class activities, appropriate laboratory conduct and skills, engagement with discussions, and completion of provided worksheets or questions.