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2012 Bachelor of Regional Resource Management(73I)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Cradle Coast:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 7 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):

Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or Mr Clayton Hawkins, Degree Coordinator, (03) 6430 4925 or (03) 6430 4511


This 3-year (minimum) full-time or part-time course is offered by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at the Cradle Coast campus. The core of the course is aimed at a broad understanding of the critical role that the management of resources (e.g. social, cultural, environmental, economic, political) plays in a region, together with the acquisition of analytical and policy making skills pertinent to such management under the auspices of a Regional Science approach.

Admission & Prerequisites

Minimum University entrance requirements for degree courses apply. There are some subject pre-requisites within the course.

Course Objectives

Regional studies has a rich tradition in the social sciences, much like political science. It is an inter-disciplinary approach that uses the concept of a region as the basis for analysing the spatial dimensions of human activity and their structure. It examines the theoretical bases of the activities, methods to analyse the diverse nature of those activities and the assessment of impacts of decisions and policies on those activities. Its theoretical foundation lies in the disciplines of economics, human geography and public policy but also has strong involvement in other disciplines that affect regions (e.g. agricultural science, sociology, anthropology, community development, NRM).

The inter-disciplinary regional science core units provide a 'Regional Science Toolbox' to enhance understanding and decision-making that is crucial in managing the plethora of resources in a region. This includes acquiring the necessary combination of theoretical understanding, competence in analytical techniques and an appreciation of spatial influences that are needed to be a successful practitioner in this challenging and increasingly significant policy arena.

In addition to the Regional Science major and the 'Understanding Communities' minor, students can develop a level of competence in one of the four specialisations available within the degree structure - Community Development, Natural Resource Management, Public Policy or Regional Enterprise.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Regional Resource Management will be critical thinking, problem solvers. They will be competitive applicants for jobs in a wide range of fields, for example:

Mayors, General Managers, Company Executives, Strategic Planners, Community Developers, Environmental Managers, Consultants, Social Innovators, Project Leaders, Land Use Planners, Entrepreneurs, Consultants, Researchers, Business Owners, Agri-Business Managers, Policy Advisorsand many more.

Articulation to/from Course

Students may be offered entry into the Regional Science Honours program within the Graduate Diploma of Science with Honours (S6X) course.

Students can directly articulate with credit from a Diploma of Community Development at the Tasmanian Polytechnic into the Bachelor of Regional Resource Management.

Credit for relevant units may be granted to transferring students from other courses or those continuing on with or returning to study who have relevant previous qualifications.

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