|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Agriculture and Environmental Science|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||27 June 2022|
Present and future decision-makers require knowledge of the principles of ecological sustainability and sustainable development. As options for sustainable land and resource uses become more constrained, the need for integrated regional resource planning becomes more urgent and more crucial to Australia's future. Students from a range of programs will benefit from this course which provides an overview of natural resource management and resource use in Australia, with a particular emphasis on environmental impacts.
The course provides an explanation of ecological principles as a basis for managing Australia's land and water resources sustainability. The effects of economic growth and traditional management approaches on land use for agriculture, mining, forestry, protected areas, water catchments and urban expansion are analysed and explained. Environmental impacts are studied and compared economically, ecologically and socially. Current approaches to land and resource use are evaluated in terms of their contribution to a sustainable Australian society. A major component of the course is a student project which examines a local resource management issue in detail.