Sustainable Land Management

Description

This course explores the sustainable management of agricultural and forestry systems by examining current practices within agricultural and forestry ecosystems, the costs and benefits of production, and strategies to mitigate detrimental impacts. Topics covered include: sustainable grazing and cropping practices, causes and management of soil erosion and soil salinity, role of trees in agricultural systems, barriers and incentives to changing land-use practices, forestry practices, policies & impacts, integrating wildlife conservation & wood production and the role of vegetation in greenhouse gas abatement. The course will focus on Australian case studies and examples.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the current practices and issues in agricultural and forestry systems

2. Be able to think critically about conflicts between resource use and conservation

3. Understand how theory from a number of disciplines (i.e. ecology, earth sciences, social, economic) can be applied to find solutions

4. Develop skills in the collection and analysis of field data within a resource management context

5. Develop skills in the interpretation of scientific information within a resource management context

6. Apply or adapt appropriate theory and techniques to solve resource management problems

7. Develop skills in the communication of ideas, observations and conclusions

8. Understand of the role of resource managers in balancing social, economic and environmental outcomes

Content

  • Agricultural practices and issues;
  • Managing biodiversity in agricultural & forestry systems;
  • Management of soils including soil salinity and erosion;
  • Forest ecology;
  • Forestry impacts & strategies for sustainable forestry;
  • Greehouse abatement in forested and agricultural systems

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SRMT2020. Students who have successfully completed SRMT2020 are not eligible to enrol in SRMT3050.

Assumed Knowledge

ENVS1001, STAT1070, ENVS2005

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact Hours

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term