This unit has an iLearn page that can be accessed through ilearn.mq.edu.au. It contains important information and other materials relating to the course, including details and links for assessments.
The unit iLearn is the primary way that we communicate with you. Please check it regularly for announcements and posts. You are encouraged to use the Discussion Board on iLearn to post questions and generate discussion with other students. Please only email the convenor with private matters - all other questions should be posted on iLearn.
Unit Organisation and Unit Schedule
This unit is organised into three modules:
- Module 1 - Australia's unique environment and the need to manage impacts. This module examines some of the physical environmental management challenges posed by people and Australia's unique environment, such as the impacts of bushfire management on vegetation communities, and the impacts of urban areas on streams.
- Module 2 - The role of environmental policy, planning and legislation as effective tools in environmental management. This module focuses on how policy, planning and legislation impacts on the environment through strategic planning, development controls and day-to-day decision-making. This module will tie together your understanding of the physical environment and some of the tools that are used to prevent or manage environmental impacts in urban areas.
- Module 3 - Importance of implementing strategies that engage people as part of the solution. This module explores several themes in environmental management and decision-making including, ways of engaging people in environmental protection and management issues, identifying stakeholders, negotiation and decision-making processes. This module will demonstrate the social/political challenges and complexities of environmental management.
The content in the unit is conveyed through weekly lectures and practicals. The organisation of these is outlined in a detailed unit schedule which is available on iLearn.
We use multiple approaches in teaching and delivery, including blended learning and experiential learning, such as reading texts, watching videos, listening to audio resources, visiting field sites, participating in class activities and online discussion forums. The emphasis is on enabling students to understand and apply various techniques used in environmental management.
The class timetable for this unit can be found through the Timetable portal.
All lectures in the unit are online via Zoom. The lectures will be interactive with time at the end for Q&A and discussion.
At this stage we are still planning for on-campus practicals:
- Students enrolled in the Weekday attendance offering (Internal) will need to attend campus each week to undertake the practicals.
- Students enrolled in the Infrequent attendance offering (External) will need to attend campus for 4 x 4 hr practical sessions in Weeks 2, 6, 9 and 12.
Please check the unit schedule carefully as some weeks may have other instructions or require you to meet in a different location. Any updates or changes to the unit or classes will be announced through iLearn.
The expected workload for this 10 credit point unit is 150 hours of activity, comprising of lectures, practicals, completion of assessments and individual study.
Requirements to complete this unit satisfactorily
To complete this unit satisfactorily, you must:
- Attend all scheduled classes;
- Complete all assessments; and
- Achieve a pass grade or higher.
The descriptions for grades common to all coursework units offered by Macquarie University are outlined in the Assessment Policy.
Recommended Texts and/or Materials
There is no specific textbook for this unit. You will be required to research information independently and consult a wide variety of information sources to aid your learning in this unit.
In this unit, the preferred style of referencing is Harvard (author, date). For further details on the Harvard style, go to: https://libguides.mq.edu.au/referencing/Harvard
Technology Used and Required
This unit will use iLearn and Echo360. See the Instructions on how to log in to iLearn and the iLearn quick guides for students which will help you:
Getting started - Find out how to navigate and familiarise yourself with the iLearn environment
Activities - Learn how to effectively complete the activities required of you in iLearn
Assignments and Gradebook - Find out how to submit assessments and view your grades using iLearn
Online study tips - Studying online is a unique experience, learn how to navigate it here
Discussion forums - Explore the different types, and features of discussion forums in iLearn
Lecture recordings - Find out how to access lectures online, as well as the features available to you