SCIE2267 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Management

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Natural Resource Management major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
The unit content is delivered around themes taken from current research topics in natural resource management. Although topics change with the latest published research, representative examples of topics covered in the unit include: (i) waste management issues; (ii) water resource management and planning; (iii) biosecurity monitoring; and (iv) fisheries management. Within this context students learn to conduct structured research investigations that use statistical and quantitative modelling approaches. The unit has a specific focus of developing the quantitative skills needed to be effective in solving environmental management challenges.
Students are able to (1) use specialist statistical software to formally investigate and solve environmental management problems; (2) understand the public policy framework that supports environmental and natural resource management activitiessector actors; (3) communicate the results of structured quantitative data analysis in both a formal scientific format and a non-specialist format; and (4) use formal mathematical notation and approaches to set out and solve natural resource management problems.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory exercises; (2) project reports; and (3) major project report. 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)
Dr James Fogarty
Unit rules
SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
STAT1400 Statistics for Science
any unit co-ordinator approved first year statistics unit
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorial computer laboratories: 2 hours per week (in some weeks the tutorial computer lab time may involve a field trip)
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