Sustainable Land Management

Course code SRMT3050Units 10Level 3000Faculty 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, 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.

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 2015

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt 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 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.
ContentAgricultural 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.
TransitionNot to count with SRMT2020.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeENVS1001, STAT1070, ENVS2005
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: FormalEnd of semester
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. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SRMT3050