Community Resource Management


This course enables students to be proficient facilitators for natural resource management. Students will learn how to develop resource management and extension programs, run meetings, plan small group activities, and design and facilitate environmental education workshops at the local community level. The course also covers conflict resolution and avoidance, how to work in conflict situations involving the use of natural resources, community consultation, participatory decision making and negotiation skills in community settings. The theory component of this course will be delivered face-to-face with all lecture and supporting material made available on-line. A significant proportion of the practicals will be self-directed and involve visits to local landcare projects of your choosing for the collection of information for a management plan (the major assignment).



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge in community, resources and management processes

2. Skills in conflict resolution and avoidance

3. Skills in designing environmental education projects for community groups

4. Skills in developing community-based management plans for natural resource

5. Skills to engage in community consultation processes

6. Skills to act as agents in the negotiation of changes towards the adoption of best-practice environmental behaviours.


Module 1: Concepts of resource management

  • The concepts of community, resources and management.
  • Conflict avoidance and resolution
  • Participatory Approaches to Sustainable Resource Management.
  • Participatory community appraisal.
  • Local knowledge system.
  • Working with community.
  • Community development.
  • Gender issues in sustainable resource management.
  • Community level action in monitoring, repair and protection of the environment.
  • National and International case studies on community resource management.
  • Training and extension.

Module 2: Development of practical skills in community resource management

  • Designing, managing and evaluating community resource management projects
  • Designing Environmental education projects.
  • Extension methods for sustainable resource management.
  • Community level action in monitoring, repair and protection of the environment.
  • Developing and implementing management plan for local natural resources.

Assumed Knowledge

A first year or second year course in sustainable resource management/environmental management.

Assessment Items

Report: Essays / Research Report

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Written Assignment: Workshops, group exercises, class participation, oral presentation

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 12 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks