Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course aims to provide students with a broad understanding of current environmental issues as they relate to managerial decisions in all aspects of organisational activities. The focus is on the impact of businesses on the natural environment and how this impact can be minimised. A better understanding of the business-environment interface will enable more effective corporate environmental practice and decision-making.



  • Trimester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain key concepts to assess the effectiveness of corporate sustainability;

2. Explain how global and national environmental issues can and are being integrated into broader corporate strategy;

3. Critically evaluate the extent to which global and national environmental issues impact on corporate sustainability;

4. Analyse the key external and internal factors driving corporate sustainability;

5. Critically evaluate the effectiveness of corporate environmental strategy and environmental management systems in creating more sustainable business practices;

6. Demonstrate a range of skills in research that help inform the development and implementation of environmental management systems, policies and procedures;

7. Demonstrate a range of skills in communication that are relevant to environmental management and transferable to other subject and employment areas.


  • Linking Business and the Environment
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Management
  • Managing the Environment
  • "Greening" Business Operations

Assumed knowledge

Nil. The course is designed such that students do not need any specialised knowledge in either environmental issues or principles of business.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay 1

Essay: Essay 2

Online Learning Activity: Online Blackboard Discussion

Online Learning Activity: Group Facilitation: Issues paper and online discussion

Contact hours


Online Activity

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Five hours per week engaging with online material and five hours per week on self directed learning

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.