ENVR411-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Case Studies in Environmental Science

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Application of basic concepts in environmental science to understanding land, air and water processes, their interactions, and their management.

This course provides a series of case studies, which explore basic concepts in environmental science and governance and allow students to explore environmental processes, their interactions and their management.

Learning Outcomes

We aim to prepare emerging environmental scientists for issues that they may encounter in the workplace by using specific case studies. We emphasise connectivity across systems and the integration of knowledge from the many disciplines that underpin each case study. Recognising that environmental scientists cannot be experts in all of these subjects, the course seeks to enable students to synthesise the use of information and data from a variety of sources to make informed decisions.

Students completing ENVR411 will be able to:
- Critically appraise the salient factors affecting a broad range of global, regional and local environmental issues that may be encountered by environmental scientists.
- Understand the types of assessments that may be required to assess environmental risks.
- Develop strategies to assess and manage environmental issues, given limited financial resources.
- Obtain and collate information about environmental case studies from the scientific literature and other sources.
- Compile and assess key pieces of information from reports that may also contain subjective viewpoints and unsubstantiated claims.
- Write succinct reports that carefully present data with the aim of informing decision-makers, accepting that there may be a diversity of views on any case investigated.
- Communicate complex ideas succinctly to stakeholders and the wider public, both in writing and orally.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Daniela Liggett


Michele Bannister , Travis Horton , Adrian McDonald , Brett Robinson and Catherine Reid

Guest Lecturer

Maria Jesus Gutierrez-Gines (ESR)


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Written Report 08 May 2023 30%
Podcast 08 May 2023 20%
Final Exam 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences .

All ENVR411 Occurrences

  • ENVR411-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023