ENVMGT 744 : Resource Management


2024 Semester Two (1245) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A review of advanced principles, concepts and approaches to the sustainable management of natural resources. Case studies emphasise the need for conflict resolution, equitable allocation, and decentralised decision-making to address the social and environmental impacts of resource utilisation.

Course Overview

This course exposes students to different theories, principles and concepts that underpin approaches to sustainable resource management.  The focus is on examining complex social-environmental problems to understand how decisions about resource management are made and by whom. Case studies from Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas are used to explore: the role of science and knowledge in influencing decisions about, and the management of resources; the challenges to accommodating different values and knowledge systems (including Indigenous values and knowledges); the influence of power relationships on participatory and collaborative approaches; and, the challenges posed by the interconnectedness of social and biophysical systems across multiple scales. 

Upon successful completion, students will have a critical understanding of how social, economic, cultural and political factors influence resource management practices, and an appreciation of the need for, and challenges to implementing inclusive resource management approaches.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify how knowledge is produced and subsequently used to inform resource management. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  2. Distinguish different resource management approaches and explain the strengths and weaknesses of each. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  3. Evaluate existing academic research and distinguish relevant information to support an argument. (Capability 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  4. Apply academic theories and concepts to analyse 'real world' examples (Capability 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  5. Write critically and analytically (Capability 3, 4 and 6)
  6. Propose ways to enable inclusivity in resource management and decision-making processes. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7)
  7. Analyse complex problems and prioritise recommendations based on social, economic, political, environmental and cultural considerations. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8)
  8. Describe how Māori worldviews and knowledge (mātauranga) could contribute to enacting sustainable futures in Aotearoa New Zealand. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Coursework 60% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 40% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Final Exam


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Special Requirements

No special requirements.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course of 150 hours in total per semester. The course is made up of lectures (24 hours), tutorials (10 hours), self-directed reading and review of course material (66 hours), and assessment (50 hours).  

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled classes, including lectures and tutorials to complete components of the course. Lectures will be available as recordings, but other learning activities, including tutorials, will not be available as recordings.

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.

Course texts: there is NO set textbook for this course. All readings are electronically available through Reading Lists on Canvas. The required reading should be completed after the relevant lecture. 

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.

Guidance for the tutorial-based learning activities will be refined to support student learning and engagement. Lectures will be modified to enable students to actively participate in class.

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 for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, 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.

Level 1: Delivered normally as specified in delivery mode
Level 2: You will not be required to attend in person. All teaching and assessment will have a remote option.
Level 3 / 4: All teaching activities and assessments are delivered remotely.

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 08/11/2023 09:07 a.m.