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Environmental Assessment and Management (ENV557)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit explores the application of science to environmental assessment and management for environmental professional practice. Emphasis is given to policy instruments, environmental decision-making and public engagement. Techniques and challenges in environmental assessment and management at all scales of application from the local to regional, national and international level, and across a range of applications including protected area management, industry, government planning agencies and environmental impact assessment are addressed. Workshops and case studies enable practical, multidisciplinary and interactive learning.
Unit Learning Outcomes This unit aims to provide an understanding of the theoretical principles and concepts in environmental assessment and management and how different tools can be used to help make decisions in environmental management. Specific unit objectives are to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical principles, policies, tools, procedures and roles in environmental assessment and management (EAM) decision-making;
2. Understand the role that socio-political and economic factors play within effective EAM approaches along with inputs derived from science;
3. Develop critical thinking and effective communication skills including leading discussions (in-class students only), oral presentation and the creation of high quality, professional standard EAM related documents;
These learning outcomes will be addressed by the overall unit in the lecture/workshop topics and accompanying study questions. Three assessment tasks will be used to assess your achievement of these objectives.
Timetabled Learning Activities 4 x 1 Day (8 hours) lecture/workshop sessions.
Unit Learning Experiences A subject-centred learning approach is adopted in this unit. Learning occurs through interactive workshops during in-class contact, discussions and small group exercises carried out with fellow students, and supported independent research. Online discussion forums enable interaction with fellow students and the unit coordinator throughout the semester.
Assessment The written assignment Environmental Assessment and Management Portfolio (30%) [2,500 words, due mid-semester] tests knowledge and understanding of environmental assessment and management tools, processes and systems covered in the first half of the unit. Written feedback is provided. The Environmental Strategy Poster assignment (40%) [500 word poster + oral presentation, due late-semester] tests the student's understanding of how behaviour for positive environmental change can be achieved based upon the second half of the unit, as well as oral and written communication skills. Verbal (including from peers) and written feedback is provided. The Policy Brief and Implementation Framework assignment (30%) [1,500 words, due end-semester] integrates and tests learning from material addressed throughout the unit. Written feedback is provided.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor Environmental Science or Bachelor Marine Science or Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Management or Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Administration or Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment or Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ENV522 Environmental Assessment and Management may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Management (GradCertEnvAsstMan)
Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Administration (GradCertPAAdmin) [New in 2015]
Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment (GradDipEnEnv)
Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science (GradDipEnv)
Graduate Diploma in Safety Science (GradDipSafetySci) [New in 2017]
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.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
ENV557
Dr Michael Hughes
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7516
e: m.hughes@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.3.044B - Environmental Science, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
ENV557

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Michael Hughes
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7516
e: m.hughes@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.3.044B - Environmental Science, Murdoch Campus
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