Sustainable Land Management
|Course code SRMT3050||Units 10||Level 3000||Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences|
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, biodiversity and weed management in agricultural systems, barriers and incentives to changing land-use practices, forestry practices & policies, forestry impacts on soils, flora & fauna, native forestry versus plantations, integrating wildlife conservation & wood production and the role of vegetation in climate change abatement. The course will focus on Australian case studies and examples.
In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this Compulsory Course Component in the course outline provided by the School.
Available in 2014
|Objectives||At the successful completion of this course, students will:|
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 resolve these conflicts
4.Understand the key strategies and principles underlying sustainable agriculture and forestry
5.Understand the barriers and incentives to changing land-use practices
6.Apply skills in the collection and analysis of field data within a resource management context
7.Apply skills in the interpretation of scientific information within a resource management context
8.Apply or adapt appropriate theory and techniques to solve resource management problems
9.Develop skills in the communication of ideas, observations and conclusions.
10.Understand of the role of resource managers in balancing social, economic and environmental outcomes.
|Content||Agricultural practices and issues;|
Managing biodiversity in agricultural systems;
Soil formation and classification; management of soil salinity & erosion;
Strategies for sustainable forestry;
The role of vegetation in climate change abatement.
|Replacing Course(s)||This course replaces part of SRMT2020 Sustainable Resource Management: Land taken by BSc students doing the Sustainable Resource Management major. In the SRMT major the 2000 level courses will now become SRMT2030 Sustainable Resource Management Water, SRMT2040 Biodiversity & EMGT2040 Ecology & Management of Australian Flora. These three 2nd year courses logically lead into the new 3000 level Land course. There is no net increase in the number of 3000 level courses in the major as the two proposed core courses (Land & Restoration Ecology) will replace SRMT3010 Resource Assessment & Monitoring and SRMT3030 Conservation Science.|
|Transition||Not to count with SRMT2020.|
|Assumed Knowledge||SRMT1010, EMGT2040|
|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 SRMT3050|