PKM307 Environmental Planning (8)


Environmental planning focuses on the decision making processes needed to manage the relationship that exists within and between natural systems and human systems. Environmental planning builds on a student's existing knowledge of natural resource management to give students an in-depth understanding of different planning approaches, principles and tools associated with environmental planning. Particular attention is given to establishing management objectives, and generating and evaluating options to solve management problems. It is assumed students have a basic understanding of social science. There is no residential school associated with this subject. On completion students will have the ability to combine initiative, judgement, and problem solving skills to address a variety of environmental problems through good planning processes.

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Session 1
OnlineAlbury-Wodonga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Environmental Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Students who have completed PKM365 cannot enrol in this subject.
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have a in-depth understanding of the principles, processes and range of possible approaches to environmental planning
  • understand the range and complexity of issues associated with the planning for natural resources
  • have a variety of specialised planning skills commonly associated with environmental planning
  • have the ability to combine initiative, judgement and problem solving skills to address a variety of environmental problems through good planning processes
  • have communication skills in writing a basic area management plan


The subject will cover the following topics:
    1. Planning Fundamentals
      1. - Introduction to environmental planning
      2. - Types of plans
      3. - Approaches to planning
      4. - Planning processes
      5. - Stakeholder participation
      6. - Planning issues
      7. - Principles of good environmental planning
      8. Land use planning
        1. - Introduction
        2. - Planning scales and boundaries
        3. - Land use planning tools and methods
        4. - Land use planning in NSW
        5. - Land use planning in Victoria
        6. - Regional Forest Agreements
        7. Preparing area management plans
          1. - A process for preparing area management plans
          2. - Planning preliminaries
          3. - Collecting and analysing data
          4. - Identifying issues and options
          5. - Establishing goals and objectives
          6. - Writing plans
          7. - Evaluating options and selecting actions
          8. - Multi-criteria analysis


          The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.