Ecology & Management of Australian Flora
|Course code ENVS2005||Units 10||Level 2000||Faculty 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 2014
|Objectives||On 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.
|Content||1. 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|
|Transition||Not to count for credit with EMGT2040|
|Assumed Knowledge||BIOL1001 or BIOL1002, AND BIOL1003 (Callaghan students)|
BIOL1040 and BIOL1050 (Ourimbah students)
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Teaching Methods||Field Study|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
|Timetables||2014 Course Timetables for ENVS2005|