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Unit Overview


Environmental assets and natural resources can be valued in many different ways. This unit focuses on how to apply the contingent valuation survey method and how to apply the travel cost survey method to value environmental assets. Both approaches involve using either online or infield surveys to collect information from members of society and

translating this information into a dollar value estimate. These estimates of value can then be used to inform decision making around maintaining terrestrial and marine parks, and other public spaces. The content of this unit covers all aspects associated with implementing both methods from survey design to data processing, data analysis, calculation the community value, and report drafting. At the completion of course participants will have all the skills required to conduct contingent valuation and travel cost studies

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) explain the relationship between different measures of welfare change

; (2) design survey instruments that can be used to obtain non-market values for environmental assets; (3) analyse survey data to obtain willingness-to-pay estimates for environmental assets, and evaluate the quality of estimates

; and (4) combine analytical skills and theory knowledge to critically evaluate existing non-market valuation studies essay.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) assignments; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Michael Burton
Unit rules
Enrolment in
70570 Master of Environmental Economics or equivalent
and SCIE4040 Data Analysis with R for Agricultural and Environmental Science
or SCIE4401 Data Use in Science
or SCIEM504 Data Analysis with R for Agricultural and Environmental Science
or other statistics units approved as equivalent
Successful completion of
ECONM541 Valuing Environmental and Natural Resources
Advisable prior study
SCIE4401 Data Use in Science (ID 2216)
or SCIEM504 Data Analysis in R for Agricultural and Environmental Science
Contact hours
Total learning hours including contact hours, personal study, and assessment are 150hrs
The structured activities across 12 weeks include approximately:
18 hours of online recorded lecture content, and
18 hours of computer based practical examples
The balance of activities varies with each topic module
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.