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Education for Sustainability (ENV536)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Achieving a sustainable future ultimately depends on how well we are able to engage with individuals, communities and organisations to achieve changes in behaviour. This project-based unit develops project design, implementation and evaluation skills while exploring effective education and engagement strategies for sustainability. Hands-on experience and opportunities to network with EfS practitioners will be provided. Local environmental issues, programs and practices illustrate links between environmental opportunities, community engagement and behaviour change strategies for individuals, organisations and communities in WA.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand how environmental education for sustainability strategies can be used to engage individuals, communities and organisations in change processes to achieve sustainability outcomes.
2. Demonstrate ability to plan, implement and evaluate a small environmental education for sustainability project in either a formal or informal education context.
3. Demonstrate advanced expertise in both the education/communication and environmental aspects of sustainability education.
4. Undertake independent research relating to engagement and environmental education for sustainability issues.
5. Professionally present ideas in oral and written form at a high level, demonstrating an awareness of audience needs, interests and understandings.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: A total of 8 three hour workshops over the semester, held in Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11 and 13; Excursion: 4 hours once per semester.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit incorporates three elements in its delivery - theory, networking, and practice. Learning opportunities are fostered through lectures, workshops, the Moodle online learning environment and the completion of a small individual project for the semester.
It is expected that internal students will attend 8 workshops over the semester and one excursion, plus spend 7 hours per week on a combination of reading, study questions, online discussion and individual project work. All students should endeavour to complete a majority of the reading early in semester to ensure they are able to make use of it in the planning & conduct of their project, which will take a greater proportion of time later in semester.
These learning activities enable you to become familiar with the general principles in environmental education for sustainability and examine strategies that can be used to engage individuals, communities and organisations in working towards a sustainable future. The unit structure allows you to explore these concepts through the readings and lectures then apply them through your own project. This will help you to discover key understandings about how people of all ages and backgrounds learn and make behavioural decisions in the context of sustainability. You will need to extrapolate and apply these general principles to your own specific area of interest. Practising this skill is essential for development of professionals in any context and will enable you to apply your knowledge from one setting to a much broader field.
Assessment A combination of assessment methods are used in this unit to ensure both external and internal students have the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the theory and practical aspects of the unit.
The assessment items are as follows:
1) Project Proposal (0% Pass/Fail)
2) Project Report (30%)
3) Online Quiz (30%)
4) Workshop & Discussion forum participation (10%)
5) Examination (30%).

All written assessments will be submitted online through the unit page, and individualised feedback will be provided on the electronic documents. Interaction and discussion is strongly encouraged through the online unit forum pages, and general feedback and advice about assessments and learning activities will be provided using this function
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science or Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Administration or Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science or Bachelor of Marine Science or Master of Sustainable Development, or Doctor of Education, or Masters in Education, or Graduate Diploma in Education.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. There are insufficient resources to manage more than 50 individual projects over the course of the semester within the unit. Maximum 50 enrolments (35 internal, 15 external)
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science (GradCertEnvSc)
Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Administration (GradCertPAAdmin) [New in 2015]
Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment (GradDipEnEnv)
Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GradDipEng)
Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science (GradDipEnv)
Master of Engineering (ME)
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Catherine Baudains

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6393
e: c.baudains@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.2.051 - Environmental Science, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Catherine Baudains

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6393
e: c.baudains@murdoch.edu.au
o: 335.2.051 - Environmental Science, Murdoch Campus
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