ENM109 Introduction to Environmental Practice (8)

This subject encompasses foundation level professional skills and knowledge for students studying environmental science. Students are provided with a basic understanding of the fundamental theories and concepts of how life on earth is sustained, how our environment affects us, and how we affect our environment. Fundamental skills and capabilities that underpin professional and inter-professional practice, such as academic literacy, reflective practice, professional reasoning, effective communication skills and evidence-based practice are also introduced. In this subject students will start to consider and plan for their future area/s of employment and explore what it means to be a professional in their chosen discipline/s.  Students will consolidate their learning, and apply their knowledge and skills, through participation in a meaningful workplace experience.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENM109. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Students who have completed SCI100 Professionalism and Communication in Science may not enrol in this subject.

Subject Relationships

SCI100 SCI100 Professionalism and Communication in Science is a Faculty of Science-wide transition subject catering to a diverse range of science disciplines including: agricultural and environmental sciences, nursing, allied health and medical/clinical sciences or physical sciences. Existing subject material in ENM109 is presented in different contexts for different groups of students in SCI100.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the interactions of human activities and environment;
  • be able to explain the concepts of academic integrity, ownership, intellectual property, and copyright, and apply these concepts through correct use of attribution and referencing;
  • be able to locate information relevant to the discipline, evaluate the sources of that information, and select high quality evidence-based information to formulate and support their academic writing;
  • be able to discuss professional and ethical issues related to the discipline;
  • be able to reflect on self as a learner and identify learning opportunities which facilitate the development of lifelong learning skills; and
  • be able to recognise specific career pathways and the associated skills to support professional requirements.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Human interactions with the environment: water, animals, vegetation, soils/geomorphology, atmosphere;
  • Academic, digital and information literacies;
  • Communicating as an informed professional;
  • Professional and ethical issues; and
  • Lifelong learning and your career.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ENM109 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Personal statement
Passport to science
Report on future career industry

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 4 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students are required to complete 30 hours of work placement with an organisation of their choice. This workplace learning experience will enable students to consolidate their academic learning and develop professional skills through active participation in a professional environment.

Special Resources

Students attending compulsory workplace learning placements are responsible for all associated travel, accommodation and required resources.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.