ENVT3306 Coastal Conservation and Management

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Coastal and Ocean Systems specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Marine Biology specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
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) understand why coastal environments are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of human activities; (2) appreciate the significance of international, national and local drivers affecting the prioritisation of issues in coastal conservation and management; (3) understand how policies to deal with these issues are designed and implemented, with a critical appreciation of their outcomes; 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) a research essay; (2) a learning portfolio; 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: 1 hour per week (for 10 weeks from week 2)
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