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EV5010 - Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences (pre 2015)

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.
EV3010 EV9010


Cairns, Block, Study Period 7
Census Date 10-Jul-2014
Face to face teaching 23-Jun-2014 to 02-Jul-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Sharon Harwood.
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%).
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.