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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Pre-requisites

192 credit points in any SCU Units

Anti-requisites

AGT00205 Coastal Resources and Their Management BIO10125 - Sustainable Use of the Marine Environment

Unit aim

Introduces students, at your own pace, to the complex natural and socio/political processes that intermesh in the management of our coastal fringe. The majority of Australians live near or on the coast. It is a place for recreation, industry and housing development that has led to increasing strain being placed on this fragile resource. In this unit you will examine current issues together with the legislation and management structures designed to counter these threats. You will also examine the processes involved in managing change in the coastal environment and work to develop an outline for your own Environmental Impact Assessment.

Unit content

The following topics are covered in this unit:

Information-handling techniques - Problem analysis models - Impact matrices - Scales of impact and response
Case studies of management processes - Environmental Impact Assessment - Wetlands management - Processes of Australian coastal management - Greenhouse effect
Coastal resources - Ecological communities (wetland communities, rocky shore communities etc.) - Habitat types (wetlands, shorelines etc.) - Harvestable species - Other types of resource
Specific issues - Current issues in Australian coastal management - Industrial impacts - Pollution - Recreational resources - Habitat alteration - Education, 'extension' and interpretation - Community attitudes to local issues

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss the range of coastal management problems in Australia and the agencies involved in decision making for the coastal zone
2 evaluate some of the major issues relating to planning for coastal management in Australia and overseas
3 synthesise and apply scientific knowledge and insights to the non-scientific tasks of making decisions on resource management using environmental assessment frameworks
4 apply problem-analysis techniques to define the information needed to tackle problems in coastal management.
5 demonstrate an understanding of issues related to the management of indigenous cultural heritage sites.

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

  1. discuss the range of coastal management problems in Australia and the agencies involved in decision making for the coastal zone
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. evaluate some of the major issues relating to planning for coastal management in Australia and overseas
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  3. synthesise and apply scientific knowledge and insights to the non-scientific tasks of making decisions on resource management using environmental assessment frameworks
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  4. apply problem-analysis techniques to define the information needed to tackle problems in coastal management.
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. demonstrate an understanding of issues related to the management of indigenous cultural heritage sites.
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:

Prescribed texts

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