Course Title: Environmental Pollution Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environmental Pollution Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 2 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ian Thomas

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3441

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is aimed at students in their final year of study with a background knowledge of environmental management (in relation to matters such as energy, water and materials), climate change and wastes (solid and water-based), environmental policy, environmental assessment and behavior change in relation to environmental issues.

You will have skills and some experience in qualitative and quantitative research, project management, systems thinking, team work, critical thinking, oral communication and report writing.

Course Description

This course gives you the opportunity to expand your understanding of environmental management as a means of reducing consumption; and avoiding, minimising or reducing pollution of the environment With a focus on Victoria, the course examines the statutory frameworks and policy measures for preventing and managing pollution, and for improving resource efficiency. Relevant federal legislation and policy is also examined. Interesting and innovative examples of pollution control and resource management from industry will be presented and examined.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course focuses on problem solving in a team work environment. By the end of the course you will be able to analyse the resource use and pollution of an organisation; make recommendations for environmental efficiency improvements. with a justified business case; and understand the policy and legislative frameworks surrounding resource and pollution management in Victoria. Upon successful completion of the course you will be a able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the legislation that is used to govern environmental risks and issues within Victoria;
  • Develop improved understanding of the principles and application of environmental management tools including legislation and regulation,
  • Develop improved research, problem-solving and analytical skills;
  • Have experience in real-world problem solving through a research project for an external client;
  • Develop skills in communicating and working with a client and other team members;
  • Develop insight as to how different environmental tools are used in a range of different industries to provide better environmental outcomes; and
  • Develop skills in preparing a sound business case for environmental change

Overview of Learning Activities

The course involves lectures, group discussion and activities, guided private study, and project work. The lectures will contain presentations on key issues and concepts in Environmental Pollution Management, as well as presentation of several case studies from industry. The tutorials will be divided amongst a variety of activities, discussion of key issues, and group project work.

Overview of Learning Resources

Reading material and other resources will be provided in class throughout the semester. Additional learning resources will be made available to you via myRMIT studies.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capatbilities. Assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to, written assignments and exams or tests totalling no more than 4,000 words. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.