RSNR503 Sustainable Land Management

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Updated: 11 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EM421 or EM521 or RSNR303 or RSNR403 or RSNR421 or RSNR521
Notes None
Combined Units RSNR303 - Sustainable Land Management
RSNR403 - Sustainable Land Management
Coordinator(s) Lisa Lobry De Bruyn (
Unit Description

Sustainable land management enhances the biophysical environment, maintains economic profitability and promotes social wellbeing. This unit reviews sustainable development and resilience-based adaptive management in a changing world, investigates major land uses (ie agriculture, forestry, protected areas, cities) in Australia and globally, and analyses key ecosystem stewardship issues from the perspective of the householder, land manager or small business, catchment or bioregion, and nationally and globally. Concepts and tools for analysis of social-ecological systems include ecosystem services, ecological footprint analysis, green accounting, environmental management systems and audits, environmental codes and environmental monitoring.

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 1 30% 3000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2, 4, 5

Compulsory Assignment 2 25% 500
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Compulsory Assignment 3 20% 1500
Assessment Notes

Activity Journal

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assignment 4 20% 1000
Assessment Notes

Fact Sheet

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 5

Compulsory Multiple Choice Quiz 5% 500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the major biophysical, economic and social sustainability issues facing individuals, businesses, communities and countries for some of the major resource uses and biomes;
  2. discuss in detail, using verbal and written formats, the different tools and methods for sustainability and resilience analysis, and the leading practices in the sustainability performance of industries and individual land managers;
  3. analyse in depth, identify and critically evaluate options (regulatory, economic, social, technological, biophysical) for governments, land management agencies and land managers for improving sustainability; be able to communicate this information to a specialist and non-specialist audience;
  4. critically evaluate, reflect on and synthesise complex information, including theories and case studies, to demonstrate understanding of the successes and failures of sustainability evaluation and monitoring; and
  5. synthesize, analyse and interpret current technical information about particular aspects of sustainable land management, and formulate sound recommendations to growers, farmer groups, regional authorities, urban residents and land management agencies.