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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour Session 1 Session 1

Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Examines how we can use ocean resources sustainably. Explores the principles of ecologically sustainable development, integrated catchment management, and marine ecosystem management. The practical application of environmental planning and management instruments such as environmental impact assessment, cost/benefit analysis, ecological risk assessment and threat abatement and species recovery plans are explained. Principles of fisheries management are critically examined.

Unit content

  1. Australia's marine resources
  2. Ecologically Sustainable Development
  3. Responsibilities in the marine environment (international law, regional agreements, the planning process)
  4. Environmental Impact Assessment in coastal and marine environments
  5. Managing biodiversity: threats, management and large marine protected areas
  6. Management of maritime industries: shipping, ports, offshore petroleum and gas
  7. Managing fisheries and aquaculture
  8. Regional planning and multiple-use marine protected areas
  9. Managing cultural heritage, recreation and tourism

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 explain the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD), integrated catchment management, and large marine ecosystems management as applied to coastal and marine environments
2 describe all of the components needed to create an Environmental Impact Assessment, and understand other means of assessing impacts and issues in the coastal and marine environments
3 understand the importance and use of planning (integrated planning, the planning cycle) and management approaches; and importance of applied research and monitoring
4 evaluate mechanisms for marine biodiversity conservation, including the identification of issues and threats, the production of management and recovery plans, and the establishment of marine protected areas
5 critically analyse and compare the impacts and management of major uses: fisheries, tourism, transport and energy
6 Integrate and apply the principles of ecology, and planning and management to multiple-use marine protected areas
7 understand the importance of social and cultural values in the coastal and marine environment, and recognise the different environmental values placed by various user grounds including indigenous communities.

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

  1. explain the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD), integrated catchment management, and large marine ecosystems management as applied to coastal and marine environments
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. describe all of the components needed to create an Environmental Impact Assessment, and understand other means of assessing impacts and issues in the coastal and marine environments
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. understand the importance and use of planning (integrated planning, the planning cycle) and management approaches; and importance of applied research and monitoring
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. evaluate mechanisms for marine biodiversity conservation, including the identification of issues and threats, the production of management and recovery plans, and the establishment of marine protected areas
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. critically analyse and compare the impacts and management of major uses: fisheries, tourism, transport and energy
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. Integrate and apply the principles of ecology, and planning and management to multiple-use marine protected areas
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  7. understand the importance of social and cultural values in the coastal and marine environment, and recognise the different environmental values placed by various user grounds including indigenous communities.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:

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