Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course will give you environmental management skills that are not yet common practice in industry, but should be. The course focuses on the theory and practice of environmental management using complexity theory as a framework. You will investigate the current limitations in environmental management and you will be exposed to best practice approaches. Practical application of knowledge will occur with the use of case studies of your choosing, so that the course is relevant to your particular interests, be they professional or personal. On passing this course, you will have a framework that you can use to be able to audit existing environmental management plans and recommend improvements.



  • Trimester 3 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Articulate the key theoretical elements contributing to the complexity of many environmental issues;

2. Identify the contributors to the complexity of a real environmental issue;

3. Identify appropriate environmental management methods to address complexity;

4. Identify methods appropriate for addressing complexity in a real environmental issue;

5. argue and justify the use of methods that engage with, rather than ignoring, complexity;

6. Audit an environmental management plan to determine its strengths and its weaknesses as well as producing recommendations for its improvement.


The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction to management and problem solving;
  • Environmental management theory and frameworks;
  • Planning concepts and policy frameworks;
  • Values, ethics, responsibilities and professional practice;
  • Differing perspectives on environmental management;
  • Tools for environmental management;
  • Issues and case studies in environmental management;
  • Community involvement.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Audio/visual tutorial presentation and facilitation of discussion board

Essay: Essay

Report: Applied major report

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Online 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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.