Principles of Environmental Management - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Non-Invigilated Exam - Multiple answer questions (30%) , Quizzes - Short answer quizzes (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

This unit provides an introduction to organisational environmental management, and divided into two halves – (i) environmental science; and (ii) environmental management. Environmental science concepts include ecosystems, biodiversity, ecologically sustainable development, the precautionary principle, ozone depletion, climate change and greenhouse gases. Environmental management concepts include environmentally sound development, international conventions for the environment, environmental legislation, environmental management standards, environmental risk assessment and environmental auditing. Many of these topics are also addressed in greater detail in subsequent OHSE units.

Note: This is an introductory unit for OHSE practitioners wishing to develop knowledge and skills in environmental management. It is not recommended for students who already have knowledge and skills in environmental science and/or management.

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand environmental management concepts and language sufficient to be able to communicate effectively with environmental management professionals
  2. understand concepts of environmental management in an organisational context
  3. assess impacts of adverse effects on health and environment within organisations
  4. facilitate the control of OHSE risks to health or environment in organisations
  5. develop strategies to communicate OHSE information and data
  6. monitor and facilitate OHSE education and training
  7. analyse issues of OHS that are of relevance to the students' background or work experience.
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Multiple answer questions (30%)
  • Quizzes — Short answer quizzes (40%)
  • Report — 2000 words (30%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • OHS202 — Principles of Environmental Management
  • Additional materials — Relevant State or Territory Environmental Legislation
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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Environmental Science
2Environmental Science Concepts: Ecosystems and Biodiversity
3Environmental Science Concepts: Ecosystems and Sustainable Environment
4Environmental Science Concepts: The Precautionary Principle
5Environmental Science Concepts: Ozone Depletion
6Environmental Science Concepts: Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases
7Environmental Management
8International Conventions for the Environment
9Environmental legislation in Australia
10Environmental Management Systems
11Environmental Impact (Risk) Assessment
12Environmental Auditing

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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