Studying online

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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sharyn Hickey and Dr Renae Hovey
Unit rules
Successful completion of
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
or GEOG2202 Reading Landscapes: People and Processes
or permission of the unit coordinator
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours per week
workshops: 2 hours per week
field trip: 4 hours in Week 5
  • 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.