Offered by the University of New England through Open Universities Australia, Sustainable Land Management is an online unit that equips students with an in-depth understanding of effective land management and the major issues surrounding it.
You will explore sustainable development and resilience-based adaptive management in a changing world, investigating major land uses including agriculture, forestry, protected areas and cities in Australia and globally. This unit will also allow you to analyse key ecosystem stewardship issues from the perspective of the householder, land manager or small business, catchment or bioregion.
Concepts and tools for analysis of social-ecological systems are also reviewed, such as ecosystem services, ecological footprint analysis, and green accounting, and you will learn practical measurement skills for sustainability monitoring and analytical skills for interpreting data.
You will also delve into a number of specific case studies, such as the northern tablelands of New South Wales and the rangelands, as well as undertaking additional reading and research in order to develop a higher level of understanding of the material.
There are no prerequisites for this unit; anyone can apply.
Areas of study
In this Sustainable Land Management unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to sustainability
Introduction to ecology
Social sustainability in agriculture
Sustainability in context
Sustainable biophysical systems
Natural resource policy
Measuring, monitoring and benchmarking for sustainability
Triple bottom line analyses of grazing systems
Managing grazing systems sustainably
Case study A: northern tablelands of New South Wales
Case study B: southern Western Australia
Case study C: northern wheat/sheep belt
Case study D: southern wheat/sheep belt
Case study E: rangelands
Case study F: agroforestry and farm forestry
Case study G: urban sustainability
Contemporary global issues and future directions for Australian agriculture
This unit is not currently a requirement for any course.
Content may be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit equips students with an in-depth understanding of effective land management and the major issues surrounding it.
You will gain the skills to be able to understand different tools and methods for sustainability and resilience analysis, and the leading practices in the sustainability performance of industries and individual land managers.
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to explain options (regulatory, economic, social, technological, biophysical) for governments, land management agencies and land managers for improving sustainability outcomes; and have the practical measurement skills for sustainability monitoring, and analytical skills for interpreting the data.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Sustainable Land Management from University of New England.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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