Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Fiona Hogan


This unit examines the role of government, industry and other stakeholders in environmental management. It introduces, examines, explains, analyses and applies the relevant features of environmental management and its associated tools, including environmental auditing and improvement plans, environmental impact assessment and the use of digital mapping technologies such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) . It explores ethical issues associated with environmental decision making. It is concerned with best practice environmental management and is designed to prepare students for a career in natural resource management, drawing case studies from a range of industries.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of government and the various governmental agencies in environmental matters;

  1. Describe the purpose, role and structure of environmental management systems and apply them in practical industrial settings;

  1. Explain the role, value and limitations of environmental impact assessment and apply this process;

  1. Critically examine and evaluate the effectiveness of an environment effects statement;

  1. Describe health and environmental effects from industrially-related activities;

  1. Discuss the procedures required to plan and manage environmental issues and explain the role of environmental ethics in managing environmental issues;

  1. Recognise the role of digital mapping tools such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in the management of natural resources.


Major assignment (2,500 words): 25%
Minor assignment (1,000 words): 10%
Field activity participation and reports: 20%
Examination (3 hours): 45%

Workload requirements

Three hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week, plus 1-2 site visits/fieldwork

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

OCL students undertake a non-compulsory 2-day residential school program