• Class Number 6259
  • Term Code 2950
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Kathryn Andrews
    • Dr Kathryn Andrews
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 02/07/2019
  • Class End Date 14/08/2019
  • Census Date 12/07/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/07/2019
    • Kat Taylor
SELT Survey Results

There is increasing recognition of the need to actively involve different stakeholders and communities in the process of making decisions about natural resource management (NRM). Almost every NRM professional is asked to 'consult' or 'involve' the community when drawing up management plans for resources such as national parks, forests, fisheries, water or mining activities, amongst many others.

This course provides a critical review of participatory resource management (PRM) approaches, exploring when and why different PRM processes succeed and fail to resolve conflicts between stakeholders. Students learn both the theories underpinning different PRM approaches, and practical skills such as group facilitation, stakeholder analysis and how to design and manage participatory processes. A series of guest speakers discuss recently-implemented Australian and international participatory processes, and the class evaluates the factors that affected the success or otherwise of these processes. The course assessment, much of which is based on group-work, is designed to ensure students apply the facilitation skills being taught, and that students can explore topics of particular interest to them in the field of PRM.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Critically analyse the different approaches commonly used in participatory resource management, and the advantages and disadvantages of these different approaches (LO1)
  2. Synthesise and apply the principles and theories underpinning different approaches to participatory resource management in consideration of cultural context and PRM objectives (LO2)
  3. Employ informed methods for the design and implementation of PRM processes. Specifically (a) conduct group facilitation identifying and addressing group behaviour characteristics, (b) effectively design participatory processes for different management and cultural situations applying knowledge of PRM approaches, limitations, principles and theories, and (c) monitor and evaluate the success of participatory processes (LO3)
  4. Critically review literature and ‘real life' examples of participatory processes and conflict resolution in NRM (LO4)
  5. Apply reflexive practices to adequately identify personal and social characteristics and their influence on PRM practice (LO5)

Research-Led Teaching

This course in Participatory Resource Management about working with communities and other stakeholders draws on the convenor’s, tutor’s and guest presenters’ recent research and real-life practice in designing and implementing participatory processes for resource management in Australia and other parts of the world. Many of the issues covered in the course thus reflect current academic debates and the messiness often inherent in participatory processes that must be managed as effectively as possible. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to a variety of real participatory methods, past and current case studies, hypothetical situations, literature, group work and facilitation experience to enable them to develop their own skills in participatory resource management.

Field Trips

The will be an outdoor field based activity in the first week of the course. There is no charge for this excursion.

Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in this course in the following forms:

• marks and written comments to individuals and/or groups on assessment items (e.g. reports)

• discussion with individual students on essay topics

• discussion with small groups on practical facilitation prior to the practical

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Assessment will be based on an individual student-negotiated weighting across the assessment tasks and their linked learning outcomes, with the due dates and return dates to students as specified. Students who do not submit their preferences by 5pm July 5th will automatically get the default weightings ( ENVS6021: 1. 40%; 2. %20; 3. %10; 4. 30%).

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Face to face teaching in this course consists of nine full days (9:00 to 5:00) from 2 - 12 July (weekdays only). A high level program for the intensive is indicated below. Please refer to the course Wattle site for additional information.
2 Day 1 ? Introduction to Course & PRM ? Participation basics ? Group Behaviour ? Reflection
3 Day 2 ? Stakeholder & context analysis ? Knowledge sharing and domains ? Spatial information and PRM
4 Day 3 ? Designing a participatory process ? Conflict analysis ? Practical - Methods for stakeholder conflict transformation
5 Day 4 Indigenous land and sea management ? Monitoring and Evaluation
6 Day 5 ? Ethics of PRM ? Social justice ? Social psychology of engagement
7 Day 6 ? Inter-jurisdictional PRM ? Planning in PRM ? Intercultural story building
8 Day 7 ? Co-engineering & negotiation ? Watershed management ? Participatory decision-support process
9 Day 8 ? Online participation & media ? Co-engineering & participatory design
10 Day 9 ? Group presentations ? Course wrap-up

Tutorial Registration


Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Course Reflection Journal 40 % 05/07/2019 31/07/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Workshop facilitation 20 % 03/07/2019 31/07/2019 3, 3, 5
Group Presentation 10 % 12/07/2019 31/07/2019 1, 2, 3
Research essay 30 % 28/07/2019 14/08/2019 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Face to face teaching in this course consists of nine full days (9:00 to 5:00).

Participation in this course requires as a minimum:

  • attendance and positive contribution to 8 of 9 days. Absence of more than 1 day requires a medical certificate or prior approval from the lecturer
  • submission of all assignments.
  • reading the assigned readings as described

Graduate students will be expected to do additional reading and contribute to an extra discussion at identified tutorials in the semester. These readings will also be available to undergraduate students as optional extras.

Due to the interactive format and the intensive nature of the course, there will be little scope for students to catch up on missed lectures. However, lectures can be recorded if the class considers this useful. For discussion.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 05/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Course Reflection Journal

Course reflection journal and participation, requiring critical evaluation of and engagement with course content and practical participatory exercises. This will include short reflections on a number of pre-set analytical questions, where you will need to draw on theory and readings.

Value: 30-50%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 03/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3, 3, 5

Workshop facilitation

Practical preparation and facilitation, requiring design and facilitation of one workshop component or sub-group

Value: 20-30%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 12/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Group Presentation

Group work and presentation designing a PRM process for a given situation

Value: 10-20%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 28/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 14/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Research essay

Research essay on a given topic or self-selected topic, drawing on PRM theory from both lectures and readings

Value: 20-40%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Via course Wattle site.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Re-submission of assignments is not permitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Kathryn Andrews

Research Interests

Participatory processes, Integrated natural resource management, environmental policy, sustainability, intervention for change

Dr Kathryn Andrews

Dr Kathryn Andrews
+61 2 6125 4882

Research Interests

Dr Kathryn Andrews

Kat Taylor

Research Interests

Kat Taylor

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