Courses & Units

Protected Area Planning and Management Systems KGA517

Attendance at three and a half days of fieldwork and associated Hobart on-campus sessions is a requirement for all on-campus students.


This unit provides students with a practical understanding of key systems for protected area planning and management. Terrestrial, freshwater and marine protected areas are considered. The global context of protected areas is analysed, including issues of definition, scope and governance. As governance processes provide the institutional structures within which planning and management occurs, particular attention is given to public, private, community and collaborative arrangements. Systems and associated methods for addressing complexity, sustainable finance, management effectiveness, community engagement and landscape/seascape scale management are then considered. These topics are explored by drawing on the experiences of practitioners, case study examples and fieldwork.


Unit name Protected Area Planning and Management Systems
Unit code KGA517
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Associate Professor Vanessa Adams
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* 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 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the context and diverse forms of governance for protected areas.
  • Analyse systems and methods for addressing complexity in protected area governance and management.
  • Evaluate processes for planning and assessing developments and recreation opportunities within protected areas.
  • Reflect on supporting processes for effective protected area governance and management.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050999 $2,075.00 $2,075.00 not applicable $5,844.00

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Teaching Pattern

On-campus students: interactive lectures, workshops and seminars (39-hrs over 13 weeks); 3 and a half days field work. Distance education students: internet-based resources and virtual field trip.

AssessmentPresentation (20%)|Case Study (40%)|Report (40%)
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