Unit description

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.

Unit content

  1. Word processing
  2. Application of spreadsheets
  3. Data analysis
  4. Introduction to statistics: data types, number skills, rounding, significant figures and use of scientific calculators
  5. Description of sample data: tables, graphs, frequency distributions, histograms and polygons
  6. Measures of central tendency: mean, mode and median
  7. Measures of dispersion, variance and standard deviation
  8. Presentation software.

Learning outcomes

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 3

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hrs (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hr (11 weeks)
Short written response10%
Short written response20%
Literature review40%
Review TasksSR
Exam: open book30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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