Applied Natural Resource Management

10 Units

This course covers key issues associated with managing natural resources in a sustainable way and balancing human demand with the need to maintain ecological integrity. The course will review basic ecological principles that underpin natural resource management and techniques used to facilitate management of terrestrial and aquatic systems. A case study approach will be employed to demonstrate theory in practice.

Faculty Faculty of Science
School School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Availability Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Advanced understanding of the key ecological principals that underlie natural resource management;
  2. An ability to apply key concepts in the field of natural resource management for problem solving across a range of contexts;
  3. An ability to synthesize and critically analyse information from the primary literature and other sources and to communicate this information through written or oral modes;
  4. An understanding of the roles of various stakeholders as they relate to natural resource management;
  5. An understanding of the role of natural resource management in the broader context of sustainability, climate change, and ecosystem health.

Topics will include:

  • Australian natural resource management: historical/current issues and practices
  • Spatial analysis/Key resources and tools used in natural resource management.
  • Basic ecological principles & their application to natural resource management
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Wildlife ecology and management
  • Forest ecology and management
  • Coastal ecology and management
  • Global change biology (climate change, land-use change, etc.) as related to natural resource management
  • Ecosystem goods and services
Assumed Knowledge Basic understanding of environmental management and sustainability concepts
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Primary Research Paper Critiques
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study Analysis
  • Online Learning Activity: Group Discussion

Contact Hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for ENVS6555
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