Course Title: Natural Resource Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Natural Resource Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Melissa Neave

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252512

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces key theories and concepts that will help you to interpret and engage with current issues and debates in the field of natural resource management. To achieve this you will initially explore how certain social constructs, such as property rights, valuing natural capital, and community participation, affect resource management. This is followed by an exploration of basic ecological and physical principles that are critical to understanding current natural resource issues—both within Australia and around the world. This social and ecological/physical knowledge is then applied to an exploration of how different natural resources (e.g., water, organisms and minerals) are managed (including through policy and legislation) and how certain resource industries (e.g., forestry, mining and fisheries) are performing.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will contribute to your ability to be:
     • environmentally aware and responsible by developing your capacity to recognise environmental and social impacts and to provide leadership on sustainable approaches to complex problems
     • work ready and thereby approach employment with enthusiasm, appropriate knowledge and commitment and contribute to the community and the development of the industry in which you work.
     • an active and lifelong learner by encouraging you to increase your knowledge and skills to match your career needs and enhance your set of professional and personal life skills and knowledge
     • innovative by expecting you to generate new ideas, artifacts, products, interpretations or ways of viewing professional projects and tasks.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to

  • interpret and engage with current debates around sustainable natural resource management;
  • define the major formative processes behind certain natural resource issues currently evident within Australia and internationally;
  • discuss the integrated nature of human activities, environmental values, ecological processes and sustainable natural resource use;
  • critically reflect on the diverse and sometimes competing perspectives of different natural resource users;
  • compare and contrast the different approaches to natural resource management and their underlying principles.


Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of principles and practice of natural resource policy, sustainability, globalisation and environmental management to professional practice or further study.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge related to the social implications of environmental concerns and challenges both in Australia and globally.
  • Work effectively and productively with others in a range of roles in a variety of professional and social contexts
  • Communicate effectively using appropriate formats, media and styles to a range of audiences including other professionals, the public and government agencies and collaborate partnerships with others.
  • Assist in the identification of needs, and the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in environmental and social sustainability.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts in this course will be developed through lectures and tutorials/online discussions/practical sessions, all of which will be supported by online learning tools and/or supporting materials. The lectures will build your knowledge in the area of natural resource management while the tutorials/online discussions will enable you to participate in interactive conversations about these topics. The tutorials/online discussions are supported by online media about the topics that you are expected to critically engage with. In addition, you are encouraged to draw upon your own experiences to advance our understanding of these materials. The practical classes will introduce you to GIS and its application in NRM.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will utilise a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course that are accessible via myRMIT, including RMIT Library resources. These materials may include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will also have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own understanding of the subject topics.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course is designed to enable you to:

  1. interpret and engage in current debates about sustainable natural resource management;
  2. communicate your understanding of natural resource management issues to a broad (both academic and non-academic) audience.

Assessment types may include tutorial and online discussion participation, written assignments, GIS exercises and a practical project.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions, and through individual and group feedback.