• Class Number 6548
  • Term Code 3370
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Rachel Morgain
    • Dr Kathryn Andrews
    • Dr Rachel Morgain
    • Kirsty Yeates
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/11/2023
  • Class End Date 22/12/2023
  • Census Date 01/12/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 20/11/2023
SELT Survey Results

Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders (ENVS3007)

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the different approaches commonly used in participatory resource management, and the advantages and disadvantages of these different approaches.
  2. Explain the principles and theories underpinning different approaches to participatory resource management.
  3. Employ informed methods for the design and implementation of PRM processes. Specifically (a) conduct group facilitation and explain group behaviour, (b) effectively design participatory processes for different management and cultural situations, and (c) monitor and evaluate the success of participatory processes.
  4. Critically review literature and ‘real life' examples of participatory processes and conflict resolution in NRM.

Research-Led Teaching

This course draws on the convenor’s and guests’ research and experience in designing and implementing participatory processes for resource management in Australia and other parts of the world. Issues covered in the course reflect academic debates along with the real-life complexity in participatory processes, from issues of power and participation to incorporating multiple types of knowledge. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to a variety of participatory methods, case studies, hypothetical situations, literature, group work and facilitation experience to enable them to develop their own skills in participatory resource management.

Field Trips

One outdoor field-based activity in the first week of the course. There will be no charge for this excursion.

Please see the CoS Field Trip page for more information.

Additional Course Costs


Required Resources

Lists of indicative texts: session readings will be made available through Wattle.  

Further readings can be found on Wattle

A laptop computer is suggested, with Word, Excel and Powerpoint (or equivalent software) and a web browser such as Firefox, Chrome or IE to allow preparation of assessment tasks to be carried out during the course contact hours.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Face-to-face teaching in this course consists of ten full days (9:00 to 5:00) (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 and group behaviour 
  • Reflection
3 Day 2
  • Participation 
  • Power 
  • Cross-jurisdictional case-study
4 Day 3
  • Stakeholder & context analysis 
  • Conflict analysis 
  • Practical - stakeholder conflict transformation
5 Day 4
  • Knowledge sharing and domains 
  • Spatial information and PRM
6 Day 5
  • Designing a participatory process 
  • Gender and PRM 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
7 Day 6
  • Ethics of PRM 
  • Social justice 
  • Social psychology of engagement
Student-led Practical 1
8 Day 7
  • Indigenous land management 
  • Healthy Country Planning 
  • Intercultural story building
Student-led Practical 2
9 Day 8
  • Co-engineering & negotiation 
  • Integrated catchment management 
  • Healthy Country Planning
Student-led Practical 3
10 Day 9
  • Online participation & media 
  • Co-engineering & participatory design
Student-led Practical 4
11 Day 10
  • Group presentations 
  • Course wrap-up 
Group presentations

Tutorial Registration


Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Course reflection journal and participation 50 % 01/12/2023 24/12/2023 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Practical preparation and facilitation 30 % 10/12/2023 31/12/2023 3
Group Presentation 20 % 12/12/2023 31/12/2023 1, 2, 3

* 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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 ten full days (9:00 to 5:00).

Participation in this course requires as a minimum:

  • attendance and positive contribution to 9 of 10 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

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: 50 %
Due Date: 01/12/2023
Return of Assessment: 24/12/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Course reflection journal and participation

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

Value: 50%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 10/12/2023
Return of Assessment: 31/12/2023
Learning Outcomes: 3

Practical preparation and facilitation

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

Value: 30%

Please note: Student-led Practicals will be delivered in class daily during the second week. The due date indicated above indicates the first day that this activity will be run in class. Students should refer to the course WATTLE site to confirm the date of their assessment.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 12/12/2023
Return of Assessment: 31/12/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Group Presentation

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

Value: 20%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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) 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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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. Extensions may be granted 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 Rachel Morgain

Research Interests

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

Dr Rachel Morgain

By Appointment
Dr Kathryn Andrews

Research Interests

Dr Kathryn Andrews

Dr Rachel Morgain

Research Interests

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

Dr Rachel Morgain

By Appointment
Kirsty Yeates

Research Interests

Kirsty Yeates


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