UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Carl Van Pletsen

The Natural Resource Management major equipped me to understand the environmental, economic and social dimensions that need to be taken into consideration when dealing with environmental issues. The variability in the topics covered and being introduced to many passionate and experienced industry professionals has always made learning interesting.

Natural Resource Management major

Growing populations in less developed countries and rising incomes in more developed countries are placing increasing demands on the Earth's resources. Consequently, there are many unresolved conflicts over the use of natural resources and the conservation of the environment. As a Natural Resource Management student you will learn how to apply scientific, economic and social knowledge to help society resolve these conflicts. If you have a strong interest in science, a commitment to conserving natural resources in a sustainable manner, and want to play a role in the future of our environment you will be well-suited to study this major. It is envisaged that there will be up to two overnight field trips (cost of food and accommodation of up to $300 for around six nights to be borne by the student).

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) apply economic principles to environmental management decisions; (2) understand the policy instruments available for managing environmental problems at the individual, firm and global scale; (3) understand and use environmental valuation techniques; (4) frame natural resource management problems as quantitative problems; (5) understand the role of each tier of government in environmental policy and planning; (6) apply project and risk management concepts and techniques in practical situations to support decision making; and (7) understand the role of public policy in regional economic development.

Degree-specific major

Degree-specific major

Natural Resource Management can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Natural Resource Management is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • two Level 1 complementary units
  • two Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, S2 ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1 None
S1 GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City None
Take complementary units to the value of 12 points, including SCIE1104 and either SCIE1103 or SCOM1101:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis Prerequisites: ATAR Mathemematics Applications;WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or equivalent or higher
Co-requisites: MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathemetics Applications; WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or equivalent or higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrollment in SCIE1104 after you have enrolled in MATH 1720
Incompatibility: STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science Prerequisites: ATAR Mathematics Applications or WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or equivalent or higher
Co-requisites: MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed Maths Applications or WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or equivalent or higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrolment in SCOM1101 after you have enrolled in MATH1720.
Incompatibility: SCIE1103 Science, Society and Communication

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2 Prerequisites: any Level 1 ECON unit
S2 SCIE2267 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Management Prerequisites: any Level 1 ECON unit or any Level 1 ENVT unit
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems Incompatibility: EART2201 Geographic Information Systems
NS GEOG2202 Reading Landscapes: People and Processes Prerequisites: EART1105 The Dynamic Planet or GEOG1101 Geographies of Global Cities (previously PLNG1101) or GEOG1102 Globalisation, Environment and Development (previously EART1108)

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 ECON3323 Business and the Environment Prerequisites: ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2 or ECON2105 Rise of the Global Economy or ECON2233 Microeconomics: Policy and Applications or ECON2234 Macroeconomics: Policy and Applications or ECON2245 Business Economics or PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning or PLNG2201 Geographies of Economic Development Advanced research skills and communication
S2 GEOG3303 Environmental Policy and Planning Incompatibility: ENVT2210 Environmental Policy and Law; EART3304 Environmental Planning, Management and Sustainability; EART8304 Environmental Planning, Management and Sustainability; PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning
S1 SCIE3366 Project and Risk Management Prerequisites: any Level 2 ECON unit or any Level 2 PLNG unit or any Level 2 ENVT unit; for pre-2012 courses: none
S2 SCIE3367 Decision Tools for Natural Resource Management Prerequisites: any Level 2 ECON unit or any Level 2 ENVT unit

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Natural Resource Management degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-NRMGT (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Natural Resource Management degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-NRMGT-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Natural Resource Management can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

Natural Resource Management can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The Natural Resource Management second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, S2 ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1 None
S1 GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City None

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2 Prerequisites: any Level 1 ECON unit
S2 SCIE2267 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Management Prerequisites: any Level 1 ECON unit or any Level 1 ENVT unit

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 ECON3323 Business and the Environment Prerequisites: ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2 or ECON2105 Rise of the Global Economy or ECON2233 Microeconomics: Policy and Applications or ECON2234 Macroeconomics: Policy and Applications or ECON2245 Business Economics or PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning or PLNG2201 Geographies of Economic Development Advanced research skills and communication
S2 GEOG3303 Environmental Policy and Planning Incompatibility: ENVT2210 Environmental Policy and Law; EART3304 Environmental Planning, Management and Sustainability; EART8304 Environmental Planning, Management and Sustainability; PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning
S1 SCIE3366 Project and Risk Management Prerequisites: any Level 2 ECON unit or any Level 2 PLNG unit or any Level 2 ENVT unit; for pre-2012 courses: none
S2 SCIE3367 Decision Tools for Natural Resource Management Prerequisites: any Level 2 ECON unit or any Level 2 ENVT unit

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Natural Resource Management can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-NRMGT (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Natural Resource Management can also be taken as a degree-specific major.