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Course Details

Course Code: EVSP501 Course ID: 2706 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course focuses on the analysis and resolution of complex environmental management issues. Environmental Management investigates the use of management tools and strategies to resolve complex environmental problems and controversies, including application of adaptive management, structured decision-making, and negotiation principles, and incorporating stakeholders, economic drivers, and the human element. Environmental leadership, collaboration, and conflict resolution will be emphasized, with due consideration to the use of sound scientific data in environmental decision making. Students will be expected to use critical thought, innovation, and creativity to formulate an adaptive management plan for a highly controversial environmental issue or policy as their course final project.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • LO-1 Explain key terms, approaches, and concepts of environmental management
  • LO-2 Describe the human behaviors, interpersonal communication pitfalls, and conflict situations that can become barriers to sound environmental management and decision-making
  • LO-3 Develop well-defined goals and objectives that provide a framework for adaptive management approaches to environmental policy decision-making
  • LO-4 Apply scientific data, the human equation, and structured decision-making to complex practical problems
  • LO-5 Synthesize published scientific information to inform environmental policy and management decisions
  • LO-6 Create successful environmental management strategies that enhance compliance while supporting organizational missions
  • LO-7 Analyze the effectiveness of outreach strategies in communicating and furthering environmental program or activity goals and objectives
  • LO-8 Produce a strategic adaptive management plan for a controversial environmental management issue

Required Readings and Other Resources: As identified in the Lessons

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Environmental Policy and Management:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:The Sciences and Art of Adaptive Management - available free online at
Publication Info:Soil and Water Conservation Society
Author:Keith M. Moore
Unit Cost:$39.93
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.