The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course enables students to be proficient facilitators for natural resource management. Students will learn how to develop resource management plans, 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).

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of community, resources and management processes

2. Identify and explain community engagement and conflict resolution techniques

3. Design community environmental education projects

4. Plan, undertake and report community-based natural resource management plans


Module 1: Concepts of resource management

  • The concepts of community, resources and management
  • Conflict avoidance and resolution
  • Participatory Approaches to Sustainable Resource Management
  • Local knowledge system
  • Working with community
  • 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.
  • 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

Written Assignment: Essay

Written Assignment: Research Report

Presentation: Oral presentation

Participation: Class Participation

In Term Test: Take home examination

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in the fieldwork component of 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 Full Term


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