ENM415 Environmental Management of Mine Sites and Contaminated Lands (8)

This subject provides an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects for understanding the environmental management of mine sites and the management of contaminated land. The subject focuses on industry perspectives of biodiversity and water management, environmental systems, monitoring and audit and rehabilitation of mine sites. Contaminated land management is introduced focusing on typical contaminants and their behaviour, the regulatory environment and case studies. The subject has no residential school.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENM415. 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:
  • be able to apply sustainable development principles in mining
  • be able to describe a range of approaches to biodiversity and water management
  • be able to discuss the purpose of environmental systems and plans
  • be able to describe example contaminants and their behaviour
  • be able to describe the regulatory framework with respect to contaminated land management


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Sustainable development and mining
  • Environmental systems and plans
  • Biodiversity and water management
  • Monitoring and audit of environmental aspects of mine site management
  • Mine site rehabilitation
  • Introduction to contaminants and behaviour
  • Process of contaminated land management
  • Regulatory and legislative framework
  • Professional support organisations and case studies

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ENM415 in Session 1 2020. 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 %
Multiple choice question writing
Critical evaluation of an environmental strategy
Multiple choice question and answer
Contaminated land case study

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.