Introductory Environmental Science – Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Through a series of modules students will gain an understanding of the concept of an ecosystem, different types of biodiversity and the impacts of climate change on our ecosystems. They will be able to discuss, at a basic level, the legal, social, and economic factors that help conserve and restore threatened and endangered species.

Students will be able to understand the essential functions soil performs for humans and relate these functions to ecosystem services, food production and human wellbeing.

Content is delivered through a series of modules with linked reading, video and data activities that can be viewed and followed at a students own pace, with support via two timetabled online classes for discussion.

On completion of this micro-credential students should have the skills and knowledge to critically discuss ecosystems, their biodiversity and conservation issues with specific reference to climate change.

Delivery mode
Start date
6 March 2023
5 weeks
50 learning hours including contact hours, personal study and assessment.
Academic Lead
Deirdre Gleeson
$660 inc. GST
Critical information summary
ENVTM510 Introductory Environmental Science – Ecosystems and Biodiversity [PDF, 90KB]
Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

  • Gain a grounding in basic environmental concepts with an emphasis on ecosystems and their biodiversity.
  • Having an understanding of the potential consequences of climate change will be key to mitigating their effects.
  • Develop environmental science literacy and will be exposed to a variety of scientific concepts that they are able to rigorously debate
    and explore.

Who should study this course?

People seeking development for a range of professions requiring environmental science literacy as a component of their role, such as:

  • Rangers
  • Local council environmental outreach and technical teams
  • Local community groups
  • Students who may be interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in environmental science
  • Grey nomads and other groups with an interesting in better understanding our ecosystems and their biodiversity

Recommended prior study


How does it work?

Online delivery, workshops, continuous quiz assessments.

What's next after this course?

Future study
Further professional development via UWA PLUS.
Undergraduate study in environmental science or related field.


Applications are open.

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