Resource Management & Environmental Planning

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Resource Management & Environmental Planning

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Studies, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended Prerequisite


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Introduction to resources & management systems; sustainable development - history, concepts & applications; framework & process of planning with a focus on local & regional levels; integrated landscape conservation; protected area planning and management; land tenure & property rights; communicating conserevation; discussion forums, analytical studies, applications & project work.
    Course Introduction
    This course analyses a range of concepts and contemporary issues related to the sustainable planning and management of resources, particularly in the Australian context. The course is intentionally broad to facilitate an introduction to this area. Topics have been selected to focus on the concept of sustainable development and to reflect the research interests and the expertise of the teaching team. During this course you will be able to interact with a number of lecturers and tutors who are directly involved in the planning and management of resources both within Australia and internationally.
    Learning is aided by doing. You are encouraged to become actively involved in issues related to resource management and environmental planning, at the local, regional or wider level and to integrate these experiences into your tutorial program, research papers and the lectures. Think about participation in your local catchment care group, a wildlife conservation group, a community action group or any one of a number of university based student groups.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • analyse and discuss the main social, cultural, economic and environmental opportunities and problems relating to natural resource utilisation;
    • explain and apply the concept of sustainable development to resource management and environmental planning, particularly at the regional and local scale;
    • explain the concept of biodiversity, its values, how it is measured and assessed, and the importance of a bioregional approach to nature conservation planning;
    • analyse the nature of planning and the planning process, with a focus on environmental planning at the regional and local planning scales and apply this knowledge to evaluate planning schemes;
    • evaluate basic environmental planning and management approaches, based on education and awareness raising, incentives and regulation (including land tenure and resource use rights and environmental impact assessment);
    • explain Indigenous Traditional Owner concepts of biodiversity and natural resource utilisation;
    • apply systems thinking in relation to resource utilisation, human-environment interactions and impacts;
    • discuss research findings particularly in the areas of sustainable development, nature conservation and resource evaluation, within the framework of environmental planning concepts;
    • apply critical and strategic thinking to a range of environmental planning issues and problems;
    • employ verbal and written communication skills to effectively articulate your knowledge; and
    • reflect on your own learning experiences within the course.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
    Assessment Summary
    Tutorial Participation: 10%
    Case Study Overview: 10%
    Report: 25%
    Communication Strategy: 20%
    Final Exam: 35%

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