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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Introduces, at your own pace, 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 understand the Environmental Impact Assessment process using a well known Australian case study.

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 - Climate Change.
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.

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: 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 Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
2 evaluate some of the major issues relating to planning for coastal management in Australia and overseas Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills Cultural competence
3 synthesise and apply scientific knowledge and insights to the non-scientific tasks of making decisions on resource management using environmental assessment frameworks Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills Cultural competence
4 apply problem-analysis techniques to define the information needed to tackle problems in coastal management Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
5 demonstrate an understanding of issues related to the management of indigenous cultural heritage sites Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills Cultural competence

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: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. evaluate some of the major issues relating to planning for coastal management in Australia and overseas
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. synthesise and apply scientific knowledge and insights to the non-scientific tasks of making decisions on resource management using environmental assessment frameworks
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. apply problem-analysis techniques to define the information needed to tackle problems in coastal management
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. demonstrate an understanding of issues related to the management of indigenous cultural heritage sites
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

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