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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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1explain the underpinning principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD), integrated catchment management, and large marine ecosystems management as applied to coastal and marine environmentsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2understand the use of Environmental Impact Assessment, and other means of assessing impacts and issues in the coastal and marine environmentsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3understand the importance and use of planning (integrated planning, the planning cycle) and management approaches; and importance of applied research and monitoringIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4describe mechanisms for marine biodiversity conservation, including the identification of issues and threats, the production of management and recovery plans, and the establishment of marine protected areasIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5understand the impacts and management of major uses: fisheries, tourism, transport and energyIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
6apply the principles of ecology, and planning and management to multiple-use marine protected areasIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
7understand the importance of social and cultural values in the coastal and marine environment, and recognise the different environmental values placed by various user grounds including indigenous communities.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the underpinning principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD), integrated catchment management, and large marine ecosystems management as applied to coastal and marine environments
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. understand the use of Environmental Impact Assessment, and other means of assessing impacts and issues in the coastal and marine environments
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. understand the importance and use of planning (integrated planning, the planning cycle) and management approaches; and importance of applied research and monitoring
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. describe mechanisms for marine biodiversity conservation, including the identification of issues and threats, the production of management and recovery plans, and the establishment of marine protected areas
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. understand the impacts and management of major uses: fisheries, tourism, transport and energy
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. apply the principles of ecology, and planning and management to multiple-use marine protected areas
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. understand the importance of social and cultural values in the coastal and marine environment, and recognise the different environmental values placed by various user grounds including indigenous communities.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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International

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