M.INC.ERST.633: Integrated Environmental Management (IEM)

Learning outcome:

Problem definition and the analysis of environmental management issues from a variety of perspectives, and the development of applied integrated environmental management strategies, from an interdisciplinary basis.

The general flow of course development is as follows:

  • introduction to the theory and practice of IEM, including presentation of several best practice case studies;
  • ongoing keynote sessions dealing with particular aspects of IEM;
  • specific team work skill development sessions;
  • case studies which apply the principles to increasingly complex issues, with a view to identifying IEM improvements;
  • assignments, both individual and group, which will be based around the case studies and general IEM application;
  • increasing expectations on students to undertake the work.

To produce graduates capable of using interdisciplinarity to develop and implement an Integrated Environmental Management (IEM) approach to a variety ofresource management problems.

Courses and examinations

Assignment, Group Case Study Report, Journal completion

Prerequisite for examination:

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • critically analyse an environmental management/policy problem, issue or set of issues, from an interdisciplinary perspective which incorporates theories,
    approaches, and methods relevant to IEM;
  • develop a framework within which the problem, issue or set of issues can be identified;
  • identify a range of options for resolving the problem(s);
  • identify the key process steps which will lead to improved environmental management;
  • show how various discipline approaches, when integrated, can contribute to better decision making;
  • identify the conditions for working effectively in an inter-disciplinary team, or for promoting effective processes or outcomes; and
  • communicate effectively within a wide variety of circumstances, in written and oral fashions.

Admission requirements:

Recommended previous knowledge:


Person responsible for module:
Ken Hughey

Course frequency:
Academic Term each winter semester

One semester

Number of repeat examinations permitted:

Recommended Semester:
First to third semester

Maximum number of students: