Completing this online Environmental Studies unit with Open Universities Australia and RMIT University gives you access to a wide range of information on fascinating topics related to this topical and highly relevant field of study.
You will be given nine individual options in this online unit, of which you will choose two to study. These options include topics that focus primarily on the causes of environmental problems, such as hazardous and contaminated waste, human impacts on the atmosphere, and mining and the environment, as well as broader topics such as an introduction to environmental science and the environmental chemistry of soil. Assessments will vary in accordance with topics selected.
Whichever topics you choose to focus on, you will develop the skills to coherently discuss the impacts of anthropogenic activities on the environment with reference to scientific evidence. You will also be able to identify the factors that must be addressed in order to solve environmental issues.
It is recommended that students complete the unit, Scientific Skills and Communication, prior to enrolling in this unit.
Students should also have knowledge of chemistry if they choose to study the topics, Human impacts on the atmosphere and Environmental chemistry of soil.
Areas of study
In this Environmental Studies unit, the topics you will study include:
Hazardous waste and contaminated sites
Human impacts on the atmosphere
Introduction to environmental science
Environmental chemistry of soil
State of the environment
Mining and the environment
Agriculture and the environment
This unit is an approved elective in the following course:
Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences), RMIT University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit allows you to become familiar with a range of topics that are currently of great, and arguably growing, interest across a range of industries. Due to the design of the unit, you will be able to focus on the topics that have the greatest relevance to you and the career you wish to pursue. The topics discussed mean that this online unit is ideally suited to anyone who wishes to pursue careers that promote sustainability and sustainable approaches to the environment.
You will gain the necessary foundation of knowledge to allow you to discuss environmental problems in an informed manner, backing up each point you make with academic and scientifically sound evidence. You will choose one of nine topics to become particularly knowledgeable about, but you will also become familiar with the effects of anthropogenic activities on the environment.
Aside from gaining knowledge and skills that are largely specific to this subject area, you will gain highly transferrable skills over the course of this unit. These include critical thinking skills, which are sought after by employers. You will also work on your communication skills, as you will be required to effectively communicate your ideas with regard to the environment.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Environmental Studies from RMIT University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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