Sustainable Land Management

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: University of New England
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

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.

Eligibility

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
  • Economic sustainability
  • Social sustainability in agriculture
  • Sustainability in context
  • Soil sustainability
  • Water sustainability
  • Plant sustainability
  • Remnant vegetation
  • Animal sustainability
  • Sustainable biophysical systems
  • Natural resource policy
  • Catchment management
  • Property planning
  • Landcare
  • 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
  • RSNR403/503 overview

Course pathways

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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How will this unit advance my career?

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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Financial assistance

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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