Available in 2013
Previously offered in 2012, 2011, 2010
This course explores the theory and application of restoration ecology to a range of Australian landscapes including rainforests, woodlands, saline land, mine-sites and rivers. The course also explores current practices of revegetation and river restoration and applies them to the problem of restoring a degraded urban stream. Topics covered include: landscape processes & connectivity, inter- & intra-specific interactions, need for species re-introductions, reference ecosystems, weed control issues, revegetation techniques, restoring habitat, restoration planning and evaluation. The course will focus on local case studies where 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 Course Component in the course outline provided by the School.
|Objectives||On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand the underlying principles and theories, current practices and issues in restoration ecology.
2. Understand the key strategies to restore vegetation and implement river restoration.
3. Understand the need for adaptive management, and how this may be applied, by participating in a local community restoration experiment.
4. Develop skills in the observation and recording of data, as well as working as a member of a team in the field.
5. Develop skills in statistical analysis and data interpretation.
6. Develop skills in locating, evaluating and synthesising scientific information from a wide variety of sources relevant to the profession.
7. Develop oral and written communication skills needed by professionals in the field (e.g. seminar, scientific report and restoration plan).
8. Critically analyse theory and techniques and apply them to the problem of restoring a degraded urban stream.
|Content||1. Restoring landscape and physical processes
2. Restoring trophic interactions and wildlife habitat
3. Plant species introductions
4. Restoration treatments and techniques
5. Reference ecosystems and evaluation of restoration schemes
6. Barriers to successful restoration
7. Specialist case-study on river restoration
|Replacing Course(s)||This course replaces SRMT3030 Conservation Science taken by BSc students doing the Sustainable Resource Management major and is available as an elective to students in the Environmental Science and Management program.|
|Assumed Knowledge||STAT1070, EMGT2040, SRMT2030.|
|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 10 weeks
|Timetables||2013 Course Timetables for SRMT3060|