Studying online

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Unit Overview


Managing natural resources and the environment requires an understanding of the problem from natural science and social science perspectives. Significant challenges to society, such as biosecurity loss, over fishing, deforestation and biosecurity, all require an interdisciplinary approach. This unit introduces modelling methods that are able to integrate across disciplines. The approach is developed through five themes: conservation planning, agri-environmental policy, fisheries management, forestry management and the management of invasive species.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Natural Resource Management [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
  • Honours option in Conservation Biology; Environmental Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) formulate natural resource management problems as optimisation problems; (2) apply economic principles; (3) solve the problems using standard software; and (4) relate the models to the literature.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) numerical problems; (2) quizzes; and (3) seminars. 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 Benedict White
Unit rules
Enrolment in
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology
or HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or 42330 Graduate Diploma in Economics
or 42620 Master of Economics
or 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
Contact hours
10 half days. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
This unit can be taken in the Master of Economics.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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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.
  • 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.