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Environmental Management (ENV331)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit examines how different environments can be managed for different objectives. It aims to help students define and understand some key approaches to environmental management in the public and private sectors. 'Real world' guest speakers and case studies illustrate practical environmental challenges and their management. The unit adopts a problem solving approach based on applying environmental management principles to practical issues such as nature conservation, tourism and recreation, or industrial production.
Unit Learning Outcomes This unit aims to provide understanding of the principles of environmental management, and procedures by which different environments can be managed for different objectives. After successfully completing this unit students will understand:
1. the context, principles and processes of environmental management;
2. some key corporate approaches to environmental management;
3. some key government approaches to environmental management.
4. some processes of natural resource management
Students also further develop skills in:
5. completing team-based tasks (teamwork);
6. professional report writing and presentation;
7. critical thinking through critical review and discussion.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshops: Six 3 hour lecture-workshops per semester; tutorials: 2 hours per semester; practical work: 35 hours per semester. All students should note that this unit has a compulsory five-day on-campus component for both external and internal students during one of the 'non-teaching' weeks of semester 2.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to help students critically assess the numerous challenges in environmental management. Students learn to research and understand environmental management issues, determine management objectives, develop management strategies, monitor the implementation of those strategies and review.
Interactive workshops provide the framework for this approach to learning. A series of guest speakers from government and industry provide various interactive 'real world' perspectives on environmental management. This exposes students to the most up to date environmental management principles and applications as well as providing practical insights into the range of opportunities and challenges when working in the area of environmental management.
A one week intensive practical enables students to develop critical thinking, group work and communication skills as well as carry out self-directed tasks to achieve objectives with short deadlines as part of a 'real world' experience in environmental management.
Other Learning Experiences All students should note that this unit has a compulsory five-day on-campus component for both external and internal students during one of the 'non-teaching' weeks of semester 2.
Assessment Students prepare a group written report during the practical week regarding an applied aspect of environmental management (30%). The report tests students' ability to critically apply knowledge in a group work context to produce a professional quality document.

During the practical week, students deliver a 10 minute group presentation on environmental management (20%). The assessment tests communication skills and understanding of environmental management in an applied context.

Students individually submit a minor written assessment in response to a question relating to the workshop content. The assessment tests understanding of environmental management issues related to the learning outcomes for this unit (10%).

A 2 hr final examination tests understanding of environmental management issues related to the learning outcomes for this unit (40%).
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ENV319 Environmental Management may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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