Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students are introduced to the processes that shape Australian landscapes. Selected environments are used to illustrate influences and interrelationships of climate, ecology and land forming processes on the natural system. Through practical work, field work and assignments students learn to use a range of techniques that will enable them to "read" landscapes from a naturalist's and an outdoor educator's perspective.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCassia Read

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutorials, field trip

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

The Australian physical environment

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorBridgman, H, Dragovich, D. & Dodson, J.




ISBN019554109X, 9780195541090

Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes that shape Australian landscapes, particularly Australian landforms, soils, water, climate and biota.
02. Describe the fundamental interrelationships of landforms, soils, water, climate, biota and human influences on the natural environment of a. the box and ironbark country of central Victoria, b. coastal environments, and c. arid zone landscapes.
03. Develop a range of skills that will enable you to read landscapes that draws on lecture presentations, field-based activities and through published literature.
04. Understand and describe the landforms, soils, water properties, biota and cultural history of a selected field site visited in this subject

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCassia Read

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 11 - 13
One 1.00 day field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 13 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 1.5-hour final examination (1750 word equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2

One 2500-word assignment - Field Report

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Field Work Hurdle requirement: Satisfactory participation and performance in practical work

N/AOtherIndividualYes0 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4