Ecology & Management of Australian Flora

Course code ENVS2005Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course explores the range and complexity of plant ecosystems and communities, focussing in particular on Australia's flora. A number of prominent plant groups and issues in vegetation management will be examined in detail. The course shows how knowledge of plant population biology and ecology underpins vegetation management. The course will focus on local or regional case studies and examples, as far as possible.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Not to count with EMGT2040.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. A detailed knowledge of Australian flora, their origin and biodiversity;
2. Knowledge of botanical terminology and skills in plant identification;
3. An understanding of the key adaptive features of the major plant groups in relation to their environment;
4. An understanding of biological principles crucial to managing plant populations;
5. An understanding of the current issues in the degradation of vegetation and the key strategies to manage them;
6. Skills in the observation and recording of field/laboratory data;
7.Skills in the acquiring and interpreting of scientific information;
8. Skills in the application of theory and techniques in a range of contexts;
9. Skills in the communication of ideas, observations and conclusions.
Content1. Origin of the Australian flora major plant families and the conventions in classifying and naming plants
2. Key features of vegetation types in Australia, their distribution and relationship with the environment.
3. Aspects of reproductive biology particularly relevant to the management of plant species.
4. Key vegetation sampling methods and their application to different purposes.
5. Plant adaptations to fire and fire management principles.
6. Wetland plant adaptations, ecology and management.
7. The ecological role of and human use of fungi and grasses.
8. Weed ecology, weed management strategies, revegetation and practices.
Replacing Course(s)EMGT2040 Australian Flora
TransitionNot to count for credit with EMGT2040
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBIOL1001 or BIOL1002, AND BIOL1003 (Callaghan students)
BIOL1040 and BIOL1050 (Ourimbah students)
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal2.5hr examination at end of semester
Other: (please specify)Laboratory quizzes, written assignments
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENVS2005