Unit description

Introduces students to environmental issues associated with the impacts of human use of natural resources. The unit focuses on the skills required for a graduate to explore an environmental issue (e.g. finding and determining the reliability of relevant information and identifying stakeholders). Teamwork and academic writing skills are assessed.

Unit content

  1. A historical perspective of environmental issues
  2. The knowledge base for environmental issue enquiry
  3. Socio-political responses to environmental issues
  4. Identifying stakeholders
  5. Indigenous knowledge
  6. Working in teams and reflection
  7. Pathways to professional life in environmental disciplines

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 1

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

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hrs (11 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2hrs (11 weeks)
Short written response10%
Short written response25%
Teams choose format30%


Teaching method
Residential session 7 hrs (1)
Tutorial online 1 hrs (10)
Lecture online 2 hrs (11)
Short written response10%
Short written response25%
Teams choose format30%

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


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