ENVT3306 Coastal Conservation and Management

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit enables students to gain a detailed understanding of practices undertaken to promote the sustainable use and conservation of coastal resources. Through a combination of lectures, practical work and local field visits, students are introduced to conservation and management activities at the domestic and international level taken in response to contemporary human impacts on our coasts. Central themes include measures designed to reduce coastal water and sediment contamination from both point and non-point sources, policies to facilitate the conservation of marine flora and fauna and practices designed to mitigate the physical impacts of sea level rise in an inherently dynamic environment. The success or otherwise of these measures are assessed from a variety of environmental, social and economic perspectives in order to facilitate students' critical understanding of conservation and management in coastal regions. Through studying the unit, students gain a holistic appreciation of the unique threats facing coastal ecosystems and our ability to address these successfully.
Students are able to (1) explain the impact of human activities on coastal environments; (2) recognise interactions between nearshore coastal resilience, vulnerability and climate change and the need for a cross-disciplinary approach to nearshore coastal and marine conservation and management; (3) appreciate the varying nature of human threats to coastal and nearshore ecosystems and the driving forces behind these over space and time; and (4) identify and analyse key issues in a specific coastal region, demonstrating an understanding of how human and environmental factors interact in coastal conservation and management.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes; (2) tutorial reports; and (3) a group project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Matthew Hipsey
Unit rules
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
Advisable prior study:
EART3337 Coastal Environments
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week (for 10 weeks from week 2)
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  • 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.