Community Natural Resource Management

Subject NRMT40004 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-six hours of equivalent contact time and 24 hours independent study, plus assignment work
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: Nil
Non Allowed Subjects: Nil
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Rebecca Ford


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

On completion, students should be able to demonstrate sound understanding of theories underpinning community participation in management, and will have practised techniques and processes in group facilitation and community assessment, planning and management of resources.

The content is presented under seven main headings:

  • philosophy and evolution of participation and community management;

  • models of community management of forests and other natural resources - overseas and in Australia;

  • policy and institutional issues in community management;

  • process and techniques in community enquiry, planning and research;

  • issues in Koori community resource management;

  • forms of evaluation in community management programs; and

  • collaboration and conflict management.

Objectives: N/A
  • A 3000 word assignment in a specialist interest area (45%). Due in week 12.
  • A practical group exercise (30%). Due in week 8.
  • A learning journal (25%). Throughout the semester.
Prescribed Texts: N/A
Recommended Texts:
  • Understanding Public Participation in Forest Planning in Australia. How Can We Learn from Each Other? (M Buchy and S Hoverman), ANU Forestry Occasional Paper 99.2, 1999
  • Participatory Forestry: The Process of Change in India and Nepal (M Hobley), Overseas Development Institute, 1996
  • Beyond Farmer First: Rural People's Knowledge, Agricultural Research and Extension Practice (I Scoones and J Thompson, eds), International Technology Publications, 1994
  • Systems Approaches for Improvement in Agriculture and Resource Management (K Wilson and G E B Morren), McMillan, 1990
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:


Related Course(s): Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Forest Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Horticulture (Honours)
Bachelor of Natural Resource Management with Honours

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