ENM163 Natural Resource Management (8)

This introductory subject gives an overview of how natural resources are managed by environmental scientists. Topics include an introduction to environmental systems, their multi-disciplinary and complex nature, and approaches to managing them. On completion students have a comprehensive understanding of the nature of environmental systems and the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to make sound judgements regarding courses of action to achieve conservation in a range of contexts.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENM163. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Students who have completed either PKM160 or GEO105 may not enrol in this subject.

Incompatible Subjects

GEO105, PKM160

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify a natural resource and define natural resources management;
  • be able to discuss a range of natural resource management issues and approaches to manage them;
  • be able to review and discuss the roles and effectiveness of relevant policy mechanisms and instruments for natural resource management;
  • be able to apply knowledge and skills to explain the human dimensions underpinning natural resource management; and
  • be able to explain the importance of Indigenous Australian land management in contemporary natural resource management.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to natural resource management
  • The nature of environmental systems
  • Natural resource policy
  • Types of policy instruments and processes
  • Critical thinking and the choice of policy instruments


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.