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National Marine Science Centre Coffs HarbourSession 3Session 3
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Unit description

Aims to make students aware of the relationship between human development and the environment. Managing this relationship is a key determinant to human survival, and any efforts towards the achievement of Sustainable Development. The overall goal would be to encourage students to understand the need for a moderation of the human development process, in recognition of the limitations of the finite nature of the Earth System. Flexible and ethical decision making and communication skills will be developed through the learning process.

Unit content

Environmental impacts of human development – historical evidence from data

Global change and development

Ethics of development

Factors influencing environmental change in terrestrial and marine systems.

Distributional issues and conflict over resource use in fisheries and forestry

Environmental monitoring and pressure on global marine and terrestrial resources

Options for managing the marine and freshwater environments in the 21st century

Marine ecosystems as human food systems

Barriers to sustainable development in marine and terrestrial environments

Considering future scenarios – what future for the oceans?

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
1critically evaluate and report on the links between the marine and terrestrial environment and human developmentIntellectual rigourEthical practiceCommunication and social skills
2investigate the finite nature of the earth system and its limits to economic growthIntellectual rigourEthical practiceCommunication and social skills
3examine the consequences of exploitation of environmental resources and human developmentIntellectual rigourEthical practiceCommunication and social skills
4evaluate human responsibility for global inequality, and the implications for human securityIntellectual rigourEthical practiceCommunication and social skills
5explore the implications for Australia of a minimum of five global marine or terrestrial issues.Intellectual rigourEthical practiceCommunication and social skills

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

  1. critically evaluate and report on the links between the marine and terrestrial environment and human development
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. investigate the finite nature of the earth system and its limits to economic growth
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. examine the consequences of exploitation of environmental resources and human development
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. evaluate human responsibility for global inequality, and the implications for human security
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. explore the implications for Australia of a minimum of five global marine or terrestrial issues.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

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Fee information

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