ECON19031 - Environmental Economics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Resource use and environmental issues are difficult for society to evaluate and balance. This unit introduces some of the most important economic concepts that relate to environmental issues, and provide a framework for evaluating policy choices. Among the topics covered are project and policy assessment tools, environmental valuation and accounting methods, and the efficiency of different institutions and mechanisms that guide environmental choices.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 24 Units

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 47.22% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Evaluation
Weekly Zoom sessions were very informative.
Continue with the weekly Zoom sessions.
Action Taken
The Weekly Zoom sessions were continued and were well attended.
Source: Student Evaluation
Some teaching resources need an update.
Refresh teaching resources, including video recordings.
Action Taken
Video recordings were edited and some new learning materials were added.
Source: Student Evaluation
Additional resources on contemporary environmental issues provided on Moodle are highly valued.
Continue to upload media clips and news articles and reports that are relevant to the topics covered.
Action Taken
Additional media items including reports relevant to topics were added.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback on assignments can be improved.
Consolidate feedback provided to a single place (Grademark or Excel marking rubric).
Action Taken
Feedback was consolidated to one document.
Source: 'Have your say' student evaluation
More focus on the basic economic principles in the initial few weeks is needed.
Provide extra support on basic economic principles using Zoom sessions.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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