National Marine Science Centre Coffs HarbourSession 3Session 3
OnlineSession 3Session 3

Unit description

Examines how we can use ocean resources sustainably. Explores the principles of ecologically sustainable development, integrated catchment management, and marine ecosystem management. The practical application of environmental planning and management instruments such as environmental impact assessment, cost/benefit analysis, ecological risk assessment and threat abatement and species recovery plans are explained. Principles of fisheries management are critically examined.

Unit content

Australia's marine resources

Ecologically Sustainable Development

Responsibilities in the marine environment (international law, regional agreements, the planning process)

Environmental Impact Assessment in coastal and marine environments

Managing biodiversity: threats, management and large marine protected areas

Management of maritime industries: shipping, ports, offshore petroleum and gas

Managing fisheries and aquaculture

Regional planning and multiple-use marine protected areas

Managing cultural heritage, recreation and tourism

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 3

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Teaching and assessment

National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 week (1)
Self-directed project 1 week (1)
Residential session 6 days (1)
EIA assignment20%
Literature review30%

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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