PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management (8)

Shoreline Recreation explores coastal and inland waterways, the way people use them, how recreation effects these environments, and how to manage these areas sustainably. As such it assumes student have some understanding of recreation and biophysical environments. It provides an opportunity for students to integrate what they have learned in these other environmental and recreation subjects and apply it in comprehensive and holistic manner. Students will be taken on a field trip (residential school) where they learn a variety of field study techniques related to management of the shoreline and apply their findings in a management context. On completion, students are able to use initiative, sound judgement and problem solving skills to solve problems and address a range of issues associated with shoreline recreation


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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Online *
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PKM363. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have broad and coherent understanding of what is the shoreline and how it is managed
  • have broad and coherent understanding of people's relationship to the shoreline
  • be able to exercise critical thinking and sound judgement regarding the effect of human activity on the shoreline
  • the ability to analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and data to make appropriate management decisions about the shoreline
  • have a variety of specialised planning skills commonly associated with managing shoreline recreation
  • be able to apply initiative, sound judgement and problem solving skills to solve problems and address issues associated with shoreline recreation


This subject will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to shoreline recreation
  2. Physical shorelines environments and processes
  3. Recreation needs and demands
  4. Interactions and impacts
  5. Management and legislation
  6. Recreational planning and management

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

This subjects is provides a comprehensive study of shoreline recreation management. Students are introduced to the biophsyical elements of the shoreline and how people use the shoreline through a range of reading and on-line material. Students then go on a residential school where they undertake a number of environmental and social surveys relevant to managing shorelines. They learn and undertake i) a visitor survey; ii) a walking track assessment and inventory; ii)a marine life survey, and iv) applied recreational zoning exercises. Students then use this information to formulate appropriate management responses to a range of issues. Such skills are critical part of appropriately managing recreation along our shorelines.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.