RSNR110 Sustaining Our Rural Environment I

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Updated: 29 January 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
22 April 2020 24 April 2020 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions AGSY100
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Janelle Wilkes (
Unit Description

The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to sustainable natural resource management. The unit begins with an introduction to the underlying principles of natural resource allocation and use. The global impact of the human population on land, food and energy resources is investigated. The key influences on Australia's agricultural and natural resources including climate, fauna, flora, soil and water are examined. Finally the way in which land can be used sustainably is studied.

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Further information

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 35% 2500
Assessment Notes

2500 words total for this written assignment which is broken into parts

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 4

Compulsory Mandatory Practical 0%
Assessment Notes

On Campus students must attend in-class practical sessions/field trips. Online students must complete practical sessions/field trips at the mandatory intensive school. Students must satisfy all requirements for this component, including WHS requirements for the field trips, in order to pass the unit..

Compulsory Quiz 20% 500
Assessment Notes

Maximum 1 hour

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 45%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. recognise that human beings are an integral component of ecosystems and are inherently dependent on maintaining environmental quality; thereby demonstrating technical and theoretical knowledge;
  2. apply a systems approach to natural resources management; this will also demonstrate an ability to provide and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the key influences on Australia's natural resources including geology, soil, water, flora, fauna, climate, and landuse, and their interaction; this will also demonstrate the ability to work autonomously and use judgment; and
  4. demonstrate the ability to research, synthesise, critically analyse and organise information into a written argument.