Introduces computing, basic statistics and scientific writing skills required for environmental management. Use of spreadsheets, word processors, library databases, presentation software and the Internet is included. Different variable types, how to summarise and graphically represent data and basic descriptive statistics are introduced. Emphasis is placed on managing and presenting environmental information and helping students become independent in their future computing activities.
- Word processing
- Application of spreadsheets
- Data analysis
- Introduction to statistics: data types, number skills, rounding, significant figures and use of scientific calculators
- Description of sample data: tables, graphs, frequency distributions, histograms and polygons
- Measures of central tendency: mean, mode and median
- Measures of dispersion, variance and standard deviation
- Presentation software.
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||use the resources available in the library to conduct a literature search||Lifelong learning|
|2||use a word processor to prepare assignments, present tabular data and incorporate graphics into a report at a professional standard||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|3||show recognition of the different types of variables used in environmental science and management||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|4||calculate means and standard deviations, using a scientific calculator||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|5||use a spreadsheet to make calculations, produce graphs, analyse data and produce high quality output for a report||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|6||use a presentation package to improve the quality of the visual aids used in a seminar||Communication and social skills|
- No prescribed texts.
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.