The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SRMT3060. Students who have successfully completed SRMT3060 are not eligible to enrol in SRMT3060.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


  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

Assumed knowledge

STAT1070, ENVS2005, ENVS2009.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Field Study Assessment

Presentation: Seminar

Formal Examination: Exam

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


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks


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

Note: Lectures also offered by Echo system.