Summer 2014/15 Elective Options for programs: 8619/8623 (MEM

Summer 2014/15 Elective Options for programs: 8619/8623 (MEM), 5499 (Grad Dip), 7339 (Grad Cert) Ecosystem Management -­‐ IEST5008 The course introduces students to the inter-­‐
disciplinary nature of ecosystem management in the context of protected conservation areas. The complexity of managing dynamic ecosystems with ongoing biodiversity change is addressed, and the need to balance ecological needs with economic, political and socio-­‐
cultural demands. The majority of the 5 day course is delivered in the Blue Mountains, which forms part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, where students will go into the field with professionals from conservation agencies as well as local Indigenous people to confront on-­‐
ground management challenges such as fire, introduced species and conservation of Indigenous cultural heritage. Conflicts arising over impacts of development on the protected area will be addressed, such as urban and agri-­‐
industrial impacts. The course will be delivered through a combination of field trips and lectures. Topics include: management of drivers of ecosystem change such as fire and introduced species; threats to biodiversity; conservation genetics; wildlife population management; impacts of climate change; balancing stakeholder interests; Indigenous co-­‐management; community participation; knowledge generation, uptake and use; tourism and development impacts. This subject is of particular relevance to students interested in environmental governance, protected area management such as national parks and world heritage areas, and the role of local community participation including of Indigenous groups. The strong management focus prepares graduates for careers in government agencies, NGOs, and industries which deal with environmental management and conservation. Managing This short interdisciplinary course, led by Dr Greenhouse Gas Mark Diesendorf, aims to teach students to Emissions -­‐ explain and evaluate the scientific evidence for the anthropogenic greenhouse effect and its On Campus Short Course Only with compulsory field trip 24th-­‐28th November + 1st December 2014 http://www.timetable.unsw.e Enrolment opens on the 2nd October via [email protected] On Campus Short Course Only 4th, 5th December & 10th – 12th December + 15th December IEST6911 Qualitative Research Methods in Regional Australia – IEST6641 Environmental Auditing – SUSD0009 potential impacts; evaluate the various technologies proposed for greenhouse gas mitigation; develop policies and strategies for all levels of government to reduce substantially greenhouse gas emissions; compare and evaluate different scenarios for achieving these reductions in the energy and transport sectors. This short course will equip students with key qualitative research skills – surveying, interviewing, focus groups and discourse analysis. These skills will be taught with content centred on regional Australia. Lecture content focuses on regional development, internal migration, resource management and cultural industries. The regional field school (in Bathurst) links lecture and workshop material to real world examples and provides hands on experience in the application of research methods in the field. This course is indispensable for those students (undergraduate and postgraduate) who will need to conduct any type of social and qualitative research in their careers. Note: this course involves a field trip at additional expense to students to cover the costs of transportation, accommodation and meals. Environmental Auditing is run by Dr Paul Osmond and integrates scientific/engineering principles, technical and environmental aspects of facility operations, knowledge of management systems, regulatory frameworks and audit techniques to evaluate the environmental impacts of an organisation's activities and to manage potential environmental liabilities, risks and hazards. The course provides students with the necessary knowledge to undertake environmental audits of facilities and operations with the objective of minimising environmental risk and improving environmental performance. Topics include environmental risk assessment; material accounting, pollution prevention and cleaner production tools; legislative requirements; environmental indicators and reporting; management systems auditing; and specialist audit types (energy, waste, contaminated sites). 2015 (exam only) http://www.timetable.unsw.e Enrolment opens on the 2nd October via [email protected] On Campus & Distance Short Course with compulsory field trip 1st-­‐12th December 2014 http://www.timetable.unsw.e Enrolment opens on the 2nd October via [email protected] On Campus Short Course Only http://www.timetable.unsw.e Enrolment opens on the 2nd October via [email protected]