The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course builds knowledge and understanding about research in the discipline of sustainable resource management. The course aims at enhancing skills and capacities in reading and reviewing literature, critical reasoning and argument, and verbal communication. Students will enhance their skills through discussions of theoretical and applied directions in sustainable resource management studies; student-based presentations of key issues; and training in computing skills, on-line bibliographic searches, risk assessment, oral presentation techniques.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Comprehend contemporary issues in sustainable resource managment

2. Have a advanced understand the theory and practice of research in the deiscipline of sustainable resource managment

3. Gain a knowledge of research ethics and safety procedures associated with sustainable resource management research and a capacity to obtain the appropraite approvals for a research project

4. Gain an advanced understanding of the use of the scientific method to examine problems

5. Apply skills and methods needed to critically analyse scientific literature and communicate scientific issues in verbal form


Critical analysis of literature within the field of sustainable resource management including:

  • training in the use of bibliographic sources and computer search methods.
  • identifying and summarising key points in literature, clearly and concisely.
  • critically appraising scientific methods and arguments.
  • formulating evidence-based arguments and communicating them.

Oral communication within the field of sustainable resource management including:

  • training in the use of computer aids for oral presentations
  • techniques for effective oral communication.

Ethical and safety considerations within sustainable resource management research including:

  • training in the use of hazard information databases
  • identifying hazards and measures to prevent, reduce or control risks
  • identifying ethical issues in studies involving human participants
  • ethics approval processes for studies involving human participants


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Ourimbah) program.

Assumed knowledge

A major in the appropriate discipline with a minimum credit grade average.

Assessment items

Literature Review: Literature review outline and initial research plan outline

Quiz: On line quiz *

Report: Project Risk Report *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - This assessment is a comulsory component of this course
  • Quiz: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must complete these modules as a compulsory component of the course

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

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