This unit Environmental Rehabilitation builds on Biology 1 and Biology 2 and introduces a range of tools that will assist in the rehabilitation of terrestrial environments and communities. Topics include the ecological parameters and processes for traditional and contemporary restoration of diverse environments and the key ecological principles for the reintroduction of key species to restore habitats. Rehabilitation projects based on approaches using ecological theory will be reviewed using contemporary case studies. Practicals will include hands-on experience in the use of  frameworks to assess native reference ecosystems , and evaluate and conduct site specific rehabilitation programs.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
RBF3210

Prerequisites

RBF1310 - Biology 1

RBF1320 - Biology 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Formulate and elucidate traditional (historical) and contemporary ecological principles to environmental rehabilitation practices with creativity and responsibility, contributing to local and global communities;  
  2. Create a feasibility plan for the reintroduction of specific species to restore ecological habitats;  
  3. Articulate in oral and written form to professionals and peers on approaches to rehabilitation based on complex ecological principles;  
  4. Justify the selected traditional and contemporary methods of assessment and management of restoring ecological communities, selected species and habitats, exercising professional judgement; and  
  5. Evaluate, argue and implement the principles of Restoration and Reconciliation Ecology to contemporary, environmental assessment issues and propose creative and sound solutions.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Presentation (2) a - Videos (20%) b - Oral Presentation (10%) 30%
Report Reports (2) 1 - Historical Ecology Report (35%) 2 - Feasibility Report (20%) 55%
Practicum Field Skills Practicum 15%

Required reading

Inheritors of the Earth: how nature is thriving in an age of extinction
Thomas, C. D., (2017)
Hachette UK

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