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EV5010 - Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

The subject seeks to provide students with advanced capacities to understand the challenges that face planning for sustainable regions and settlements. It explores a number of key problems for settlements: sustainable management of marine and terrestrial resources, water use and allocation, regional sustainability, resilient communities, implications of climate change, carbon economy, food miles and the food supply, nature conservation and development. Case studies deal with a range of examples from land and sea environments of north Queensland.

Learning Outcomes

  • appreciation of the challenges that face planning for sustainable regions and settlements, and solutions to those challenges;
  • understanding of the principles and processes underpinning sustainable management of marine and terrestrial resources;
  • understanding of the implications of climate change for regional development, and the role of the carbon economy in greenhouse gas mitigation;
  • development of observational and analytical skills applicable to planning for sustainable development.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
EV3010 EV9010


Cairns, Study Period 7, Block
Census Date 05-Jul-2012
Face to face teaching 18-Jun-2012 to 27-Jun-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 6 hours practicals - Three two-hour practicals
  • 8 hours workshops/Seminars - Two four-hour workshops on development issues
  • 24 hours - Three days of supervised study and GIS lab work for completion of practical reports, workshop and fieldwork reports and reflective diary.
  • 8 days fieldwork
Assessment: group project: seminar presentation (20%); essays (20%); case study (30%); exam (30%).

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