Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


How will you, as an environmental scientist, make the best contribution to ensuring sustainable management now and into the future? And how will you best place yourself to ensure success? This capstone course will deepen your understanding of the practical complexities of environmental management, using a combination of professional presentations and experiences in key industry workplaces. A range of learning approaches in this course will provide students with an understanding and critique of contemporary issues in, and skills for, the application of scientific expertise to current and emerging issues in environmental management. This course seeks to develop insights and skills that will be relevant to the wide variety of potential work situations and challenges that will emerge over a graduates career.



  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify, synthesise and reflect upon key current and potentially competing environmental issues, using appropriate scientific, social and economic arguments within local and global contexts;

2. Critically analyse environmental reports, policy documents and peer-reviewed sources of information;

3. Effectively develop and deliver project outcomes, both individually and within a team environment;

4. Identify and critique real world challenges in effective management of the environment;

5. Communicate complex environmental issues in both written and verbal forms.


Contemporary issues in environmental management and policy at the local, state and national levels will be addressed including:

  • natural resource management
  • conservation biology
  • impact assessment
  • environmental remediation and restoration
  • emerging technologies
  • policy and legislation
  • socioeconomics
  • education and communication


Course content will be driven primarily by personnel from a range of industry sectors, including government, consultancy, NGOs, corporations and other organisations linked with environmental management. The field trip will involve a site visit to a key regional workplace.


This course replaces ENVS3020. If you have successfully completed ENVS3020 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

This course is designed for final year students to prepare them for the transition from University study to professional practice and the workplace.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments: Individual short article less than1500 words

Presentation: Scoping and final presentations: Oral and visual project presentation

Online Learning Activity: Individual reflection and discussion on workshop, seminars and field trips, less than 2000 words

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 8 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Online 21 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

Week 1 is face to face (All students must attend the seminar at Callaghan campus).


Face to Face On Campus 8 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 2

Tutorial is held at both campuses.


Online 21 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

Week 1 is face to face (All students must attend the workshop at Callaghan campus).

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.