Courses & Units

Environmental Management KGA223

This interdisciplinary unit is available as an elective and is suitable for students with backgrounds including (but not limited to) Science; Engineering; English; Government; History; Law; Management; Psychology and/or Sociology. Please check with the Unit Coordinator about your prerequisites.


Society needs professional environmental managers who have the knowledge and skills to effectively tackle problems of sustainable resource use, climate change and biodiversity conservation. Environmental managers also play an important role in helping communities identify and move towards sustainable and just futures. Environmental management is about how we (institutions and individuals) try to identify, protect and enhance environmental values. So we start by examining the variety and meanings of such values. We then explore the various means - the menu of options - for delivering environmental outcomes. These options include instruments such as legislation, market-based approaches, and behavioural nudges; and methods such as community engagement and outreach. We also critically examine the effectiveness of such measures, and consider how we might achieve better management outcomes. These topics are exemplified through a problem-based learning approach employing case studies in land use planning, sustainable communities, natural resource management, and biodiversity conservation.


Unit name Environmental Management
Unit code KGA223
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Vishnu Prahalad
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania and Third Party(ies): Shanghai Ocean University AEIN Institute
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse the context of, and conflicts associated with, environmental management/sustainability issues.
  • Assess the roles and responsibilities of governments, the private sector and civil society in relation to environmental management.
  • Evaluate regulatory, economic and voluntary instruments, and decision-making frameworks employed in environmental management.
  • Formulate and communicate effective management solutions and communication strategies through team-based and individual projects.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

3 hour seminar on weeks 1,3,5,7,9,11,13. 

3 hour workshop on weeks 2,4,6,8,10,12.

About 6 hours of self-directed learning on weeks 1-13, and about 18 hours for exam revision and the final test at the end of the Semester.


AssessmentSummative Test (30%)|Workshop Outputs (30%)|Environmental Management Plan (40%)
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Reading materials (journal papers, book chapters, reports etc.) and audiovisual resources (videos, podcasts etc.) will be provided for each fortnight as part of the seminars. The PowerPoint presentation slides available from MyLO will have these readings and additional resources embedded in them and organised thematically. 



In addition to those resources recommended by staff, students are encouraged to take the initiative and seek out resources suitable to individual interests, learning purposes and for use in assessment tasks. You are welcome to share with your class any resources that you think might benefit them through your teaching staff or on MyLO.

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