Courses - Faculty of Science


Environmental Science

Stage I

ENVSCI 101
15 Points

ENVSCI 101G
15 Points

Environment, Science and Management

Explores the science behind key environmental issues to recognise the role environmental science plays in understanding the interaction between humans and the environment. The complexity of environmental problems and the difficult task of integrating science, knowledge and values are discussed.

Stage II

ENVSCI 201
15 Points

Natural and Human Environmental Systems

An examination of current environmental issues in coupled natural and human systems such as urban environments. Interactions among biological, physical and social processes are discussed and means of measuring and managing the environmental outcomes of their interactions are addressed.

Prerequisite: At least 45 points at Stage I

ENVSCI 203
15 Points

Modelling Environmental Systems

An introduction to the philosophy and use of models in the study of a range of environmental systems, including coastal, ecological, fluvial, atmospheric and social. Students will develop skills in designing, communicating and critically assessing models of the environment.

Prerequisite: STATS 101

Restriction: ENVSCI 310

Stage III

ENVSCI 301
15 Points

Environmental Science in Practice

Advances in environmental science, technology, and policy are explored using case studies of global environmental issues and proposed solutions. Students apply environmental science to assess how science is used to inform environmental intervention and policy, and understand environmental responses.

Prerequisite: ENVSCI 201 or equivalent

ENVSCI 303
15 Points

Environmental Science, Risk and Society

An examination of the contemporary topics that shape the ways in which environmental science may be communicated and understood. Topics of discussion include issues of scientific uncertainty, risk communication, public trust and the role of media.

ENVSCI 399
15 Points

Capstone: Environmental Science

Students will engage with the research process, as practised in environmental science. Independent or small group research projects will be undertaken under the guidance of an academic mentor. Students will design and complete an independent research project and communicate their findings. The emphasis is on research skills and assisting students in developing and implementing their independent academic research project.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage III in Environmental Science or 15 points at Stage III in Environmental Science and 15 points from other Stage III courses included in the major

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

ENVSCI 701
15 Points

Research Practice in Environmental Science

An understanding of research in Environmental Science. Students will be introduced to a range of methodologies and will be challenged to critically analyse information and data. Principles of scientific writing and communication will also be addressed. Students will apply these skills by developing and writing a research proposal or critical review.

ENVSCI 702
15 Points

Applied Estuarine Ecology

Emphasises multi-disciplinary science that integrates across different empirical and theoretical approaches to better understand the functioning of soft-sediment ecosystems. Covers fundamental ecological principles of soft-sediment systems through to the impacts associated with human activities. Includes practical exercises in experimental field ecology which will introduce students to key research methods. No formal prerequisite but knowledge of Stage III marine ecology/science, or equivalent, will be assumed.

ENVSCI 703
15 Points

Research Topics in Environmental Science

A course of study prescribed by the Head of the School, in the absence of an appropriate formal course being available.

Prerequisite: Approval of the Programme Coordinator

ENVSCI 704
15 Points

Modelling of Environmental Systems

The design and application of models for the investigation of environmental problems; understanding the role and utility of modelling in environmental science; the analysis and representation of dynamic environmental phenomena. Provides an understanding of modelling concepts, approaches and applications, and methods for determining the suitability of modelling in specific contexts. No formal requirement, but an understanding of the material in BIOSCI 209, ENVSCI 310, GEOG 250, MATHS 108 and STATS 101 will be assumed.

ENVSCI 705
15 Points

Environmental Data Analysis

Contemporary approaches to understanding and analysing environmental data with an emphasis on developing skills to support the ‘transformation, visualisation, modelling’ cycle. The importance of adopting reproducible research practices (eg, data and code archiving) will be emphasised. The course focuses on an applied laboratory component and will be taught in open-source software. Assessment will be via projects analysing environmental data. No formal prerequisites but an understanding of basic statistical methods equivalent to STATS 101 will be presumed.

ENVSCI 706
15 Points

Special Topic

ENVSCI 707
15 Points

Directed Study in Environmental Science

Prerequisite: Head of School approval

ENVSCI 711
15 Points

Assessing Environmental Effects

A focus on the interdisciplinary, scientific assessment of environmental activities with specific reference to the New Zealand context. Methodologies used in the assessment, monitoring and regulation of environmental effects, trends and risks will be critically evaluated. Aspects of the RMA, including consenting procedures and the role of public and professional participants in the process, will be discussed. A key component of the assessment is the preparation of an individual Assessing Environmental Effects report.

ENVSCI 713
15 Points

Air Quality and Atmospheric Processes

Monitoring, modelling and management will be considered with emphasis on air quality standards and guidelines and applications of science and technology to indoor and outdoor air pollution prevention, mitigation and remediation. Case studies and practical work will link the theoretical and practical aspects of air quality science.

ENVSCI 714
15 Points

Water Quality Science

Water contaminants, monitoring techniques and modelling systems for impact prediction and assessment of effects for both point and non-point sources. Application of science and technology to water pollution prevention, mitigation and remediation. Case studies and practical work (laboratory and field methods).

ENVSCI 716
15 Points

Aquatic Ecological Assessment

Application of science to freshwater ecological assessment, management and restoration. Assessment techniques and interpretation of risks associated with natural and anthropogenic disturbance of aquatic ecosystems. Monitoring and reporting of condition and health of aquatic environments. Relevant policy, strategic and legislative frameworks, and national and regional perspectives on applied freshwater management. Course includes case studies and practical work (incl. field trip). No formal prerequisite but an understanding equivalent to MARINE 303 is assumed.

ENVSCI 733
15 Points

Biodiversity Management and Conservation

Emphasis will be on current issues associated with the ecological aspects of biodiversity management and conservation in terrestrial habitats. Topics include: biodiversity and ecosystem services, management of species and ecosystems, issues in plant conservation, precaution and adaptation in conservation, pest control in mainland islands, carbon storage and biodiversity. The course will also address national and international mechanisms for the sustainable management of natural resources.

Prerequisite: BIOSCI 394 or other Stage III course in Environmental Science, or equivalent

ENVSCI 734
15 Points

Restoration and Landscape Ecology

The integration of ecological principles and ecological services at the landscape level for both management and restoration. Topics include: the ecology of fragmented ecosystems such as demography, metapopulation issues, ecological genetics, biota-physical environment interactions, the consequences and techniques for restoration of damaged ecosystems and mitigation of the effects of development. Emphasis will be on sustainable solutions including biophysical, legal, social, cultural and economic considerations. No formal prerequisite but knowledge of ecology at Stage III level will be assumed.

ENVSCI 737
15 Points

Applied Terrestrial Ecology

The dynamics of change in terrestrial ecosystems with a focus on forest and wetland environments. The effects of factors such as climate change and fire in New Zealand's terrestrial ecosystems will be considered. Students will be introduced to modern methods for vegetation assessment and monitoring, including multivariate statistical methods. Students are required to participate in a residential field course as this is a major component of ENVSCI 737. No formal prerequisite but a knowledge of ecology equivalent to BIOSCI 394 or BIOSCI 396 and data analysis equivalent to GEOG 250 or BIOSCI 209 is assumed.

ENVSCI 738
15 Points

Water and Society

Probes experiments with radical urban change to examine the co-constitution of water and society in the pursuit of improved futures.

ENVSCI 790
30 Points

ENVSCI 790A
15 Points

ENVSCI 790B
15 Points

MEnvSci Project

To complete this course students must enrol in ENVSCI 790 A and B, or ENVSCI 790

To complete this course students must enroll in ENVSCI 790 A and B, or ENVSCI 790

ENVSCI 794A
30 Points

ENVSCI 794B
60 Points

MEnvSci Thesis

To complete this course students must enrol in ENVSCI 794 A and B

ENVSCI 796A
60 Points

ENVSCI 796B
60 Points

MSc Thesis in Environmental Science

To complete this course students must enrol in ENVSCI 796 A and B

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