• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Applied Environmental and Resource Management (EMDV8108)
We use our natural systems to produce a range of goods and services that benefit and sustain society. Unfortunately, many of these activities have caused (and continue to cause) substantial environmental problems. Innumerable plant and animal species have been destroyed and many ecosystems sustaining human and non humans have been seriously compromised. Modern environmental problems like climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution also negatively affect people’s quality of life and can reduce their safety and security. 
Environmental management is about controlling those negative effects on the environment and its component parts: climate, atmosphere, energy, water, land, biota, soil, as well as society and culture. We use environmental management to try and protect ecosystems and biodiversity, minimise waste and pollution, or increase the efficient use of natural resources and energy. Contemporary environmental management is 1. informed by the fundamental principle of sustainability, 2. implemented through particular processes and systems that guide the application of 3. a variety of technical tools/elements/expertise (Thomas & Murfitt 2011).  
EMDV 8108 (Applied Environmental & Resource Management) will focus on all three of those elements by examining how modern environmental management is used by many different people to solve a range of problems in diverse settings, such as urban, coastal and rural places. Essentially, the Course is as much about the choices and efforts of those people as it is about the physical environment and resources at which their efforts are aimed. This is because multiple, interacting and highly complex social factors shape and often challenge our ability to design and implement effective solutions to environmental problems.
This course is structured to provide students with the opportunity to engage with interdisciplinary research to deepen the learning experience. The Course Lectures draw on important ideas from the seminal and contemporary scientific literature, including research in the biophysical and social sciences. The various Assignments in EMDV 8108 require that students conduct their own research - analysing a range of contemporary environmental issues, and drawing on both the scientific and grey literature to do so. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of EMDV 8108, students will have the knowledge required to understand a selection of challenges to using environmental and natural resource management frameworks and tools in contemporary settings.  Students will be able to:
• Understand and describe a selection of key principles and frameworks that underpin environmental and natural resource management;
• Understand and describe how a selection of environmental and natural resource management tools are used in real world settings;
• Recognise and describe a range of social and technical challenges in a variety of environmental management and natural resource management situations.

Indicative Assessment

Written assignments 50%, on-line discussion 25%, learning journal 25%

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
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