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  • Objectives
    This course provides students with a broad-based foundation in issues of environmental management and provides training in environmental monitoring and analysis, and in the economic and social evaluation and appraisal of environmental impacts. This course was created to meet the growing demand for graduates who can help communities and businesses to better manage our environment and its resources. It deals with some of the most vital issues facing Australia and the rest of the world today - water resources, biodiversity, coastal management, pollution, land degradation, energy use, climate change and sustainable resource use. The course combines the study of physical geography, the earth sciences and biology (which explain how environmental systems work and how human activities impact on these systems), with the study of the social sciences (which explain the causes of this impact and how our environmental behaviour can be better managed to minimise this impact). Learning outcomes On completion of their degree, students will have developed extensive knowledge in environmental management and a range of transferable professional skills. Graduates will be able to: * understand how human societies impact on the biophysical resource systems; * understand, develop and implement strategies that societies can adopt for sustainable use of biophysical resources; * apply natural resource economics in the evaluation of resource management systems; * collect, process and evaluate environmental information through a variety of desktop and field based approaches; * demonstrate an ability to communicate environmental information to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Entry requirements
    Domestic students Prerequisites: None You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: * year 12 qualifications * mature age entry (STAT) * TAFE/VET qualifications * higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. International Students English language requirements
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Environmental Management
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Environmental Management combines the study of:

        * physical geography, the earth sciences and biology (which explain how environmental systems work and how human activities impact on these systems)
        * social sciences (which explain the causes of this impact and how our environmental behaviour can be better managed to minimise this impact).

    Fieldwork is taken in a number of disciplines, including vegetation measurement, mapping, geographical information systems, water quality and riparian assessment.

    You will:

        * be trained in environmental monitoring and analysis
        * be trained in the economic and social evaluation and appraisal of environmental impacts
        * gain a set of strong transferable skills highly regarded by employers.

    Graduates will be prepared to work with business, government and community decision-makers, often in multi-disciplinary teams, to make practical contributions to the resolution of environmental problems.

    What is Environmental Management?

    Environmental Management is for people who want to help create a better world.

    It deals with some of the most vital issues facing Australia and the world today, including water resources, biodiversity, coastal management, pollution, land degradation, energy use, climate change and sustainable resource use.
    Why study Environmental Management at Flinders?

        * There is a natural synergy with the School of Geography, Population and Environmental Management's broader areas of interest, including housing studies, urban and regional development and demography.

        * Our research concentrations of particular relevance include: environmental weeds, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), natural resource management and urban systems.

        * Our researchers are involved with such initiatives as a protection and recovery program for the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby in South Australia, the development of a new GIS tool that helps conservation planners find optimal solutions when restoring native habitats, and a $2.2 million CLLAMMEcology project, which is investigating the health of the Coorong, Lower Lakes  and  Murray Mouth.

        * Our academics are asked to be a part of government and community groups as diverse as the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Natural Resources Management Board, the Coast, Estuarine and Marine Advisory Committee, and the Mitcham City Rail Task Force.

        * Our facilities include dedicated Spatial Information Systems Laboratory that runs ARCMap, ARC-INFO, ARC-View and ERDAS IMAGINE, the primary GIS and remote sensing software packages.

    Career opportunities

    What can I do with my Bachelor of Science or Environmental Management degree?  
    Study a language

    Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of 1 extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.

    The Bachelor of Environmental Management requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) and the honours program an additional year (or the equivalent part-time).

    The course is offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

    The Bachelor of Environmental Management may also be studied in combined degrees programs:

        * Bachelor of Business (four years full-time or equivalent)
        * Bachelor of Commerce (four years full-time or equivalent)

    Students enrolling in combined degrees programs must seek the advice of the relevant course coordinator on how to structure their enrolment over the four years of the program.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Environmental Management a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study* below. No more than 45 units of First Year topics may be included.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

        * the course must be completed within 10 consecutive years or, where credit has been granted for previous work, a period determined by the Board;
        * students may not proceed to Second or Third Year topics until they have completed or are enrolled in 36 units at First Year.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

    * The Faculty Board may approve substitute topics if a student is unable to undertake particular core topics while studying overseas on a program supported by the course management committee.
        

    First Year

    BUSN1007
        

    Introductory Microeconomics
        

    4.5

    ENVS1701
        

    Environmental Studies
        

    4.5

    ENVS1702
        

    Environment, Economy and Culture
        

    4.5

    ENVS1703
        

    Professional Skills in Environmental Management
        

    4.5

    GEOG1001
        

    Water Resources and Society
        

    4.5

    GEOG1002
        

    Cities as Human Environments
        

    4.5
        

    plus at least 9 units selected from the following topics, of which at least 4.5 units must be chosen from those in Group A:
        

    Group A

    BIOL1101
        

    Evolution of Biological Diversity
        

    4.5

    BIOL1102
        

    Molecular Basis of Life
        

    4.5

    BIOL1112
        

    Biology and Society
        

    4.5

    EASC1101
        

    Earth and Environment 1
        

    4.5

    EASC1102
        

    Marine Sciences 1
        

    4.5
        

    Group B

    CHEM1101
        

    Chemistry 1A
        

    4.5

    CHEM1102
        

    Chemistry 1B
        

    4.5

    CHEM1201
        

    Introduction to Chemistry A
        

    4.5

    CHEM1202
        

    Introduction to Chemistry B
        

    4.5

    CPES1201
        

    Physics for the Life Sciences A
        

    4.5

    CPES1202
        

    Physics for the Life Sciences B
        

    4.5

    PHYS1101
        

    Physics 1A
        

    4.5

    PHYS1102
        

    Physics 1B
        

    4.5
        

    Second Year

    BUSN2012
        

    Introductory Environmental Economics
        

    6

    ENVS2704
        

    Environmental Systems
        

    6

    GEOG2010
        

    Computing Methods in Geography
        

    6

        

    plus 18 units selecting from the following:
        

    DVST2001
        

    Sustainable Development
        

    6

    GEOG2005
        

    Asian Regional Development
        

    6

    GEOG2006
        

    Australian Environmental Change
        

    6

    GLOB2002
        

    Globalisation and Environmental Issues
        

    6

    PHIL2140
        

    Environmental Philosophy
        

    6
        

    or other upper level topics selected from any faculty of the University including up to 9 units of First Year topics.
        

    Third Year

    ENVS3721
        

    Issues in Environmental Management
        

    6

    ENVS3722
        

    Environmental Impact Assessment
        

    6

    GEOG3013
        

    Geographical Information Systems
        

    6
        

    plus 18 units of upper level topics selected from any faculty of the University.

    HONOURS DEGREE

    A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Environmental Management, or another qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted as a candidate for the honours degree providing a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements for the bachelors degree.

    To qualify for the honours degree, a student must complete satisfactorily 36 units of study as specified in the following program.

    ENVS7000
        

    Environmental Studies Honours Thesis
        

    24

    ENVS7019
        

    Research Project Design, Conduct and Management
        

    6

    and a 6-unit honours level topic approved by the Director of Studies for which the student has satisfied prerequisites and entry requirements. With the approval of the Director of Studies a 6-unit Third Year topic in which the student's work will be graded at honours level may be substituted for an honours level topic.

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