The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

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. Rapidly and effectively develop and deliver project outcomes, both individually and within a team environment

4. Provide to others, and adapt their own practice to, constructive feedback

5. Appraise and reflect upon different workplaces, including their culture, WHS considerations, and roles in environmental management


Course content delivered through Workshops, Field Trips, Group and Individual Tasks, enhanced by a range of online resources, will cover contemporary issues in environmental management and policy at the local, state and national levels.

Major environmental theme areas will be drawn from a large range of areas, including, but not limited to: Natural resource management, Conservation biology, Impact Assessment, Environmental remediation and restoration, Energy sources, Sustainability, Aquatic and terrestrial systems & ecology, Water quality, Emerging technologies, Ecotoxicology, Ecotourism, Politics, policy & legislation, Socioeconomics, Ethics & culture, Education & communication, Stakeholder relations, etc.

Workshops will involve visiting industry personnel and practitioners from key regional industries and University staff, in presentations, discussions and activities in their areas of expertise. Field trips will involve site visits to key workplaces (and potential employers) in the energy, water and waste areas, to raise awareness of their current workplace and work structure, contributions to environmental management, workplace health and safety inductions, issues, and career roles and progression within the 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 BESM students to prepare them for the transition from University study to professional practice and the workplace. It assumes completion of all 1000 and 2000 level BESM Core courses. However, because many of the issues and challenges are common for many professionals, particularly with technical training, the course is appropriate for final year students in other programs such as the BSc.

Assessment items

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

Presentation: Scoping and final presentations: Oral and visual project presentation with supplied notes

Professional Task: Peer Assessment: Feedback on student presentations less than 500 words

Online Learning Activity: Discussion Forum: Including individual reflection on workshops and field trips, less than 1500 words

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 21 hour(s) per Term Full Term