Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will provide students with the theoretical background and conceptual framework to undertake a critical analysis of selected contemporary issues in environmental management and conservation. In this subject students will explore theories and approaches to sustainable development and environmental management of resources; the relationships between resource systems in terms of ecological, economic, social, philosophical, and ethical dimensions; and research methods in contemporary resource management in a variety of contexts. Students will investigate policy and practice relating to water resources, land degradation and management. With environmental management a global issue, within this context students will explore conflict resolution, public participation, industrial and governmental partnerships.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAnalytical measurements in aquatic environmentsRecommendedNamiesnik, J & Szefer, P 2010CRC PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.
ReadingsAquatic ecosystems: trends and global prospectsRecommendedPolunin, V 2008CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.
ReadingsAustralian saltmarsh ecologyRecommendedSaintilan, N 2009CSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA.
ReadingsEcology of aquatic systemsRecommendedDobson, M & Frid, C 2009OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK.
ReadingsMarine ecologyRecommendedConnell, S & Gillanders, B 2007OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK.
ReadingsStream ecology: structure and function of running watersRecommendedAllan, J & Castillo, M 20072ND EDN, SPRINGER, DORDRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS.
ReadingsWater management in arid and semi arid regions: interdisciplinary perspectivesRecommendedKoundouri-Pitts, P, Karousakis, K, Assimacopoulos, D, Jeffrey, P & Lange, M 2006EDWARD ELGAR, CHELTENHAM, UK.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Assignments (2 x 1000 words)50
Environment management plan (1500 words) Environment management plan (1500 words)30
Tutorial Presentations (2 x 15 minutes)20