Courses & Units

Protected Area Management Plans KGA531


This unit provides you with the knowledge and practical skills to prepare management plans for protected areas. Particular emphasis will be given to accessing and deploying information; community engagement and collaboration; and developing plans that support an adaptive approach to management. The cultural contexts of management planning will be considered, with a particular focus on the perspectives of Indigenous Australians. The unit includes an option of a 5-day field trip that gives students experience in preparing a management plan using the "Open standards" planning process. This is a highly recommended experience that includes working with other conservation professionals from around the country and is often a course highlight for students. For students enrolled in any GSS course the cost of the field trip is an additional small fee for accommodation and meals (cost varies from year to year but contact unit coordinator for expected fee, as an indicative cost it is typically around $500). For students enrolled in courses outside of GSS the full cost of field trip must be paid (cost varies from year to year but as an indication it is ~$1,200). For offshore candidates and those domestic candidates who choose not to attend the field trip, the "Open standards" planning process will be taught on-line via a virtual field exercise.


Unit name Protected Area Management Plans
Unit code KGA531
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 Associate Professor Vanessa Adams
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online 5 Week Session Jan B Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Jan B 9/1/2023 16/1/2023 26/1/2023 12/2/2023

* 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

  • Analyse the diverse approaches and processes for protected area planning.
  • Design and implement an adaptive planning process taking into account the conservation context.
  • Prepare strategies to underpin a protected area management plan.
  • Critique protected area management plans in terms of their quality and effectiveness.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050901 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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AssessmentReport (35%)|Presentation (individual or group) (35%)|Discussion Posts (online) (30%)
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