ENVMGT 701 : Environmental Management in Practice


2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Research and practice in Environmental Management. Students will explore alternative perspectives and methodologies applied in environmental management and develop a research proposal that includes a critical review of a contemporary practice.

Course Overview

ENVMGT 701 is a required course for those enrolled in the Environmental Management programmes - Postgraduate Diploma in Science, 180 point Master of Science and 240 point Master of Science. The course will prepare students for the research experience, with self-directed learning activities, workshops, group tutorials and assignments that, collectively, will help them establish a research platform for a topic of personal interest. Learning opportunities will enable students to combine academic literature, policy-relevant sources and a range of interpretive skills to determine an optimal research pathway for their needs. Although the acquisition of research skills is a primary focus, ENVMGT 701 will also emphasise critical self-reflection on the positionality, ethical and cultural dimensions of appropriate research and the contribution that research can make to realising community aspirations.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the capacity to identify, source and apply academic literature to a research problem. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  2. Critically review and assess theories and concepts relevant to a personal research interest. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  3. Justify, differentiate and communicate methods, ethical standpoints and research practices that will resolve a research question. (Capability 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  4. Develop and design a research project and a research strategy to initiate that project. (Capability 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  5. Develop competencies and skills in research methods that will be required for future research needs. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  6. Structure and articulate diverse resources to synthesise and communicate the core components of a research platform. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Annotated Bibliography 10% Individual Coursework
Literature Review 20% Individual Coursework
Methodological Review 20% Individual Coursework
Proposal or Report 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Annotated Bibliography
Literature Review
Methodological Review
Proposal or Report
This course is 100% internally assessed. 

Early in the semester, students will be required to declare whether they intend to terminate their studies in Environmental Management with a Postgraduate Diploma, 180 point Masters, a Masters by thesis or a 240 point Masters. If an individual's choice includes future research, they will complete a proposal as their 50% assignment; if it does not, they will complete a research report for the 50% assignment.

Some elements of the literature and methodological reviews may be corrected, extended and reused within the proposal or report. A form of plussage will apply to the 20% exercises to encourage evolution in research problems, skills and strategies.

Key Topics

Before commencement of formal classes, staff and students will attend an overnight discussion forum to ensure that they know each other sufficiently to discuss and generate potential research topics.

Thereafter, the class will be divided into small groups under the supervision of one member of the teaching team. The first hour of each two hour session will operate as a workshop and will focus on an associated self-directed learning exercise, and the second will be small group discussion to support the design and development of individuals' research platforms.

The self-directed learning activities include:

  • Bibliographic search (RefWorks, Scopus/Web of Science, Write-n-Cite); 
  • Accessing and working with public submissions on environmental controversies; 
  • Discourse analysis and media representation;
  • Understanding policy evolutions, with options to investigate change in a local or central government policy for an environmental issue of significance to individual students;
  • Themes in common to a cluster of case law precedents; 
  • Archival research;
  • Working with ‘text’ in qualitative analysis.
The workshops and activities are not assessed directly, but they can be tailored to inform and provide source material for assessed assignments.

Special Requirements

An overnight discussion forum will be held in the week before formal classes commence, probably on an Auckland marae.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 1 hour of workshop, 1 hour of tutorial, 3 hours of reading, 2 hours of self-directed skills acquisition and 3 hours of work on assignments per week.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including workshops and tutorials to complete components of the course.
There are no lectures in the course, and most learning opportunities are based on self-directed learning or small group work, so there will be few opportunities to record classes.
The course may include live online events including group discussions and tutorials.
There are no tests or exams that require in-person attendance. Some exercises are dependent on Auckland-based resources, but equivalents may be negotiated for overseas students.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

All academic articles required for learning and assessment will be provided through Talis reading lists.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 03/11/2021 08:18 p.m.