• 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 and Environmental Management
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects

Natural resources underpin societies need for food, fiber, shelter and technology. As such the economies and lifestyles that humans have constructed depend on the long-term sustainable management of these natural resources; land, water, vegetation. The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the complex land management issues associated with the biophysical drivers of historic and contemporary land management issues, the social and political stakeholders invested in Australian land management and critiques current management tools and strategies. This investigation is set within a natural resource management framework.

Topics will include: the complex components of rangeland management; mine site rehabilitation; conservation lands and national parks; coastal zone management. The course emphasises the interdisciplinarity of land resource management and examines content by investigating the physical, economic, social and institutional components of a problem.


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:

  1. Describe the natural and anthropogenic drivers of land degradation, past, present and future, at continental, regional and local scales
  2. Explain and critique how land management strategies have been informed by (and continues to be shaped by) institutional perspectives, historical development, policy and social drivers
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of tools used to measure, monitor and inform resource management decision-making
  4. Critically assess the relationship between data and the interpretation(s) that stem from it, and how a lack of knowledge or uncertain knowledge influences resource management decision-making
  5. Demonstrate a capacity to develop and effectively communicate land management strategies to a scientific/management community.

Work Integrated Learning


All students engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a minor component of the course

Other Information

Field-based teaching and learning activity forms an integral and important part of many courses delivered by the Fenner School of Environment & Society. Fieldwork activities are designed to allow you put the skills you’ve learned in the classroom into practice in new environments and provide powerful enrichment to student learning.

There will be multiple field learning opportunities in this course.

  • In class time near Canberra field learning. These activities will occur within the workshop time using the School's minibus fleet. No additional fees apply.
  • A optional overnight field trip in the Canberra surrounds in the early part of the semester. An additional fee of approximately $150 (payment to ANU Science Shop ). Students will be asked to register their intention to participate in the field trip via the course Wattle site.
  • An optional 4 day field trip. During first week of mid semester break. An additional fee of approximately $260 (payment to ANU Science Shop ). Students will be asked to register their intention to participate in the field trip via the course Wattle site.

Students should contact the Course Convenor if they have any questions.

If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the website

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research essay (25) [LO 1,2]
  2. Research seminar that requires a detailed literature search and presentation of research topic (25) [LO 1,2,5]
  3. Field data reporting (25) [LO 3,5]
  4. Discussion paper (25) [LO 2,4,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 hour lecture plus 1 x 3 hour workshops or equivalent field work activities per week.
  • Weekly at home study of 1 hour of pre-recorded lectures and associated activities such as readings.
  • Approximately 54 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

In-class time field trips (during workshops), while not compulsory, do provide important learning enrichment opportunities. Students that are unable to attend will have access to supporting literature. It is expected that non-attendees will allocate equivalent time to these readings.

There are also two optional field trips:

  • An overnight field trip in the Canberra surrounds in the early part of the semester.
  • A 4 day field trip to the marginal rangelands of NSW is held in September semester break.

See "other information" for details.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with ENVS3004.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed texts

Preliminary Reading

Students are either directed to relevant readings or provided them via the course Wattle page throughout the semester.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2024 $4680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7721 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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