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.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PKM307. 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 PKM365 cannot enrol in this subject.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss and analyse the principles, processes and approaches to environmental planning
  • be able to discuss the range and complexity of issues associated with the planning for natural resources
  • be able to reflect on the skills and behaviours associated with sound environmental planning practice
  • be able to combine initiative, judgement and problem solving skills to address a variety of environmental problems through good planning processes
  • be able to communicate a basic area management plan in writing
  • Be able to explain the importance of Indigenous perspectives in environmental planning


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Planning Fundamentals
    1. Land use planning
      1. Complexity in planning
      2. Preparing area management plans
        1. Skills and behaviours in environmental planning practice
        2. Indigenous perspectives in environmental planning

        Indicative Assessment

        The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PKM307 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 %
        "enviro explainers" vlog
        Area management plan synopsis
        Reflective discussion post 1
        Reflective discussion post 2
        Area management plan

        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.