Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The United Nations General assembly have declared 2021 – 2030 as the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and that restoration is fundamental to sustainable development, mitigating and adapting to climate change, enhancing food security as well as water and biodiversity conservation. SRMT3060 explores the science upon which actions to assist the recovery of degraded, damaged or destroyed ecosystem should be based. Real-world degradation problems and restoration solutions will be examined to equip students with the knowledge and skills for entry into careers involving ecological restoration policy and/or practice.

All lectures are recorded and the practical component consists of face to face workshops and compulsory fieldwork sessions.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

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. Explain and apply the key principles underpinning ecological restoration;

2. Assess the condition of, and threats to, an ecosystem though fieldwork and desktop activities;

3. Describe and interpret environmental information obtained from the field and other scientific resources;

4. Identify and describe appropriate restoration goals and evaluation strategies;

5. Design and explain appropriate restoration strategies and techniques to address specific problems eg. re-vegetation, weed control;

6. Write a technical document in the style expected of environmental professionals.


1. Restoring landscape and physical processes

2. Restoring wildlife habitat and key symbiotic interactions

3. Species re-introductions and interactions

4. Specialist restoration treatments and techniques

5. Reference ecosystems and evaluation of restoration schemes

6. Social context of restoration

7. Restoration in a changing climate

Assumed knowledge

STAT1070, ENVS1001, ENVS2005

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Field Study Assessment

Presentation: Video

Formal Examination: Exam

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Field Study: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend 100% of fieldwork sessions.
  • Field Study: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

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 6 Weeks starting in week 1


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.