ENM163 Natural Resource Management (8)

Maintaining natural resources including biodiversity, minerals, and water in the face of increasing pressures and threats is a major challenge for traditional owners, other stakeholders, practitioners and scientists. This subject provides an introduction of how such resources are managed. Topics include the nature of natural resources and examinations of the organisations, approaches, methods and policies related to natural resource management. Emphasis is placed on the role of Indigenous Australian communities in past and present natural resource management. On completion, students have a broad understanding of natural resource management and the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to make sound judgements about ways to manage and protect natural resources.


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 Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary 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 managing them;
  • be able to explain the importance of Indigenous Australian natural resource management;
  • be able to review and discuss the roles of natural resource policy mechanisms and tools; and
  • be able to apply knowledge and skills to explain the human dimensions underpinning natural resource management.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to natural resource management (NRM);
  • Current natural resource issues and management in Australia;
  • Traditional and historical perspectives on Indigenous Australian and other knowledge about NRM
  • Key stakeholders involved in NRM;
  • Key policies for NRM;
  • Case studies 1: practical approaches to NRM;
  • Indigenous Australian NRM: foundations and connection to Country;
  • Case studies 2: Indigenous Australian approaches to NRM;
  • Complex relationships in NRM: Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians working together; and
  • What knowledges are appropriate to use when managing natural resources.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ENM163 in Session 1 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Introductory written assignment
Report on the management of a natural resource
Indigenous land management podcast
Presentation: human dimensions & key learnings

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.