• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Craig Strong
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course develops multi-disciplinary skills by integrating scientific knowledge and environmental management using examples of major environmental issues related to land and marine environments, including the coastal zone. Through lectures, research projects and field study site visits, students learn about:

  • mine site rehabilitation
  • national parks and their management
  • management of indigenous lands
  • wildlife management for conservation and production
  • sustainable management of land and water resources in rangelands and croplands
  • management of river systems and catchments
  • coastal zone management

This course is of interest to soil scientists, foresters, geographers, geologists, and others involved in land and catchment management.


Honours Pathway Option

Subject to the approval of the course convenor; students taking this option will be expected to complete advanced weekly readings and to be prepared to discuss this advanced material in tutorials. In addition, students will be expected to make a tutorial presentation on one week's reading and to lead the subsequent discussion (a minimum of 15% of overall assessment). All other assessment and requirements remain the same.


Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Conduct a detailed literature search and prepare a major research paper on a major environmental issue related to land and marine environments, including the coastal zone
  2. Conduct a detailed literature search and prepare a research seminar on a major environmental issue related to land and marine environments, including the coastal zone.
  3. Discuss a range of environmental issues with various land managers, government extension officers and private consultants, and prepare a report on these issues.
  4. Work in teams to record data, write joint reports, and present joint papers at conferences.
  5. Explain both the scientific underpinning and environmental implications of critical issues in land, marine and coastal environments, including mine site rehabilitation, national parks and their management, management of indigenous lands, wildlife management for conservation and production, sustainable management of land and water resources in rangelands and croplands, management of river systems and catchments, and coastal zone management.

Indicative Assessment

  • 2500-word major research essay, involving a comprehensive literature review and detailed and critical essay on a selected topic (25%; LO 1)
  • Research seminar that requires a detailed literature search and presentation of research topic (20%; LO 2)
  • Field trip reports that require gathering data firsthand from guest speakers and researching the literature (25%; LO 3, 4)
  • Final exam that will require summarising information presented throughout the course in various modules (30%; LO 5)

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60 contact hours, including five hours per week (two hours lectures, three hours workshop) or equivalent time as field trips. A major compulsory field trip to the marginal rangelands of NSW is held in September.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 72 units towards a degree. Incompatible with ENVS6304.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7817 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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