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GEOG216 Resource Evaluation and Planning

Geographical aspects of decision-making processes for resource planning and management.

Environmental management is constantly evolving to address the complex process of balancing human needs and ecosystem integrity at global and local scales. This paper will explore the geographical aspects of the theory and practice of environmental management by paying particular attention to conflicting values, concepts and understandings of environment and resources that guide environmental decision-making.

Paper title Resource Evaluation and Planning
Paper code GEOG216
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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GEOG 102 or 108 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
This paper is open to all students at 200-level and above with an interest in environmental magagement
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Sean Connelly
Paper Structure

Student involvement in class, small group discussions and brainstorming sessions are encouraged.

Assessment is 50% internal (on-going during the semester) and 50% external (final examination)

Textbooks are not required for this paper. Readings will be provided on the course Blackboard site.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper, students are expected to be able to demonstrate a critical understanding and evaluation of:
  • Major environmental concerns with regard to resource utilisation and social and economic development activities at global, regional and national levels
  • Key principles and concepts that underpin resource planning responses to environmental concerns
  • New Zealand's management approaches to environmental issues
  • Key tools available for resource evaluation, planning and impact assessment
Teaching Arrangements

Two 50-minute lectures per week

A series of 1:50-minute practical sessions run in scheduled weeks over the 13 weeks of semester. Practical sessions cover: ecological footprints, Resource Management Act in practice, 'green' people, 'green' places, and managing eroding coasts.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 16, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 09:00-10:50 10, 12, 16, 20
P2 Monday 11:00-12:50 10, 12, 16, 20
P3 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 10, 12, 16, 20
P4 Thursday 09:00-10:50 10, 12, 16, 20
P5 Friday 09:00-10:50 10, 12, 18, 20
P6 Friday 11:00-12:50 10, 12, 18, 20