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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Environmental Science and Management; Environmental Management major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Michael Burton
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or STAX1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or STAX1400 Statistics for Science
or prior approval
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)
  • 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.