Environmental Assessment and Management - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Environmental strategy poster (40%) , Assignment 2 - Policy brief & implementation (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,070.00
International 2,320.00

This unit explores the application of science to environmental assessment and management for environmental professional practice.

Emphasis is given to 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. 

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.

After completing this unit successfully, you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical principles and development of concepts in environmental assessment and management (EAM);
  2. demonstrate an understanding of tools, processes, roles and practice of EAM;
  3. demonstrate skills in assessing environmental plans, projects, policies and program documents;
  4. analyze and evaluate issues, policies and practices in EAM;
  5. evaluate the role, strengths and limitations of various EAM tools among the suite of approaches used in environmental decision making;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of how complex socio-political and economic contexts affect environmental decision making.

You will also further develop your skills in:

  1. professional report writing;
  2. critical thinking through critical review and discussion.
  • Assignment 1 — Environmental strategy poster (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Policy brief & implementation (30%)
  • Portfolio — EAM Portfolio (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to environmental assessment and management
2Environmental assessment and management policy, evidence and conflict
3Environmental assessment and management decision-making and engagement
4Poster presentations and unit conclusions

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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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