Studying online

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Unit Overview


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 of environmental impact assessment (EIA), adaptive management, scenario planning, 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.

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the 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, scenario planning, community engagement and adaptive management; and (4) develop and integrate scenario analysis into environmental decision making for a selected natural resource management topic.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quiz and presentation on environmental impact assessment(EIA) frameworks; (2) a scenario analysis for a chosen natural resource management topic; and (3) a critique on community participation in environmental planning and management. 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 Peter Speldewinde
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72530 Master of Environmental Science
or 25530 Master of Urban Design
or 13550 Master of Environmental Planning
or 12250 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Planning
or HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or HON-GGRPY Geographical Sciences
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
ENVT4404 Environmental Planning and Management
Advisable prior study
Students in the Master of Environmental Science should consider taking ENVT4421 in the same semester as ENVT4422 Research Methods in Agricultural and Environmental Science
  • 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.