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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

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 obtaining work in 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.

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 apply skills developed in other learning outcomes to develop professional standard applications for funding and employment. Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
2 discuss the issues surrounding the differing information and education needs of various community and stakeholder groups involved in resource management Ethical practice Communication and social skills Cultural competence
3 evaluate the various participatory approaches to engaging communities and individuals in natural resource management (including participatory rural appraisal, Indigenous research and action research etc.) Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
4 explore the various levels of government and the administrative structures and reporting systems incorporated within them and the role of employees within these structures Intellectual rigour Creativity Ethical practice Communication and social skills Cultural competence
5 develop a communication/education plan for stakeholders affected by natural resource management issues Communication and social skills Cultural competence
6 apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills to a variety of situations confronted by natural resource management practitioners Ethical practice Communication and social skills
7 communicate science and management issues to identified stakeholders. Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

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

  1. apply skills developed in other learning outcomes to develop professional standard applications for funding and employment.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. discuss the issues surrounding the differing information and education needs of various community and stakeholder groups involved in resource management
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. evaluate the various participatory approaches to engaging communities and individuals in natural resource management (including participatory rural appraisal, Indigenous research and action research etc.)
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. explore the various levels of government and the administrative structures and reporting systems incorporated within them and the role of employees within these structures
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. develop a communication/education plan for stakeholders affected by natural resource management issues
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills to a variety of situations confronted by natural resource management practitioners
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  7. communicate science and management issues to identified stakeholders.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

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