LismoreSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Provides skills to help you in your future role as a professional natural resource manager, including skills in communication within organisations and to the stakeholders and the general public. The unit also focuses on skills that will be required in entering and succeeding in your chosen career. While this unit assumes no prior knowledge of all issues covered in the unit, it does assume you have a willingness to engage with the unit and participate fully in discussions that arise from issues raised in the course.

Unit content

Topics include:

  • Administration of natural resource management policy in Australia
  • Introduction to socio-economic research approaches as compared with biological approaches to management of the environment
  • Understanding stakeholders, the community and the role of extension.
  • Developing a strategy to achieve communication and information needs of target groups and agencies
  • Role of the media in environmental management
  • Negotiation communication skills required for dealing with multiple stakeholders
  • Conflict resolution
  • The science/management/political interface in natural resource management
  • Grants and funding

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
Residential session 3 days (Once during study period)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Project proposal40%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Residential session 3 days (Once during study period)
Project proposal40%

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


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

Fee paying courses
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