ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Environmental Science; Geographical Science; Natural Resource Management [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit introduces students to the underlying concepts and practice of environmental planning and management. The unit traces the emergence of environmental planning in Australian and international contexts, and critically reflects on the economic, social and regulatory forces shaping planning and management practice. Students are then introduced to the process of planning and strategies for environmental management. This includes an introduction to core concepts and techniques including environmental impact assessment (EIA), adaptive management, community based natural resource management and other models and methods of environmental management. Classes provide a conceptual and applied background from which students conduct independent research on a variety of topics concerning environmental planning and management.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the historical evolution of core approaches to environmental planning and management; (2) evaluate the impact of economic, social, cultural and political processes which shape environmental planning and management practice; (3) apply an understanding of core environmental planning techniques including environmental impact assessment, community engagement and adaptive management; and (4) develop a scenario analysis into environmental decision making.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a critique of environmental impact assessment frameworks; (2) a scenario analysis for a chosen natural resource management topic; and (3) a reflective diary on community. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Marit Kragt
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
completion of 24 points
24 points of credit
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
ENVT4404 Environmental Planning and Management
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.