OnlineSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Introduces, at your own pace, the complex natural and socio/political processes that intermesh in the management of our coastal fringe. The majority of Australians live near or on the coast. It is a place for recreation, industry and housing development that has led to increasing strain being placed on this fragile resource. In this unit you will examine current issues together with the legislation and management structures designed to counter these threats. You will also examine the processes involved in managing change in the coastal environment and understand the Environmental Impact Assessment process using a well known Australian case study.

Unit content

The following topics are covered in this unit:

Information-handling techniques - Problem analysis models - Impact matrices - Scales of impact and response
Case studies of management processes - Environmental Impact Assessment - Wetlands management - Processes of Australian coastal management - Climate Change
Coastal resources - Ecological communities (wetland communities, rocky shore communities etc.) - Habitat types (wetlands, shorelines etc.) - Harvestable species - Other types of resource
Specific issues - Current issues in Australian coastal management - Industrial impacts - Pollution - Recreational resources - Habitat alteration - Education, 'extension' and interpretation - Community attitudes to local issues

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 4 hours (12 weeks)
Case study40%

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Fee information


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