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EV5010 - Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

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. A key component of this subject is a 5 day field trip to experience firsthand the sustainable planning challenges for remote communities of Far North Queensland. The field trip will provide students with opportunities to meet and hear from key members of the regional business community and relevant government departments, as well as Traditional Owners who are actively involved in the ongoing management of, and planning for, their country.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate the ability to critically analyse and evaluate both current and proposed solutions to those challenges;
  • critically examine, generate and effectively communicate advanced interpretations of the theoretical principles and practical processes underpinning sustainable management of terrestrial and marine resources;
  • demonstrate the ability to utilise advanced cognitive and technical skills to appraise synthesise and debate the implications of climate change for regional development;
  • demonstrate advanced observational and analytical skills through the generation of solutions specific to planning for sustainable development;
  • exhibit an advanced theoretical and technical knowledge of the challenges that face planning for sustainable settlements and regions.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (20%) -
EV3010 EV9010


Cairns, Intensive, Study Period 10
Census Date 09-Dec-2021
Face to face teaching 06-Dec-2021 to 14-Dec-2021 (6th December to 14th December 2021)
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 16 hours
  • 40 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.