This unit Environmental Rehabilitation builds on Biology 1 and Biology 2 and introduces a range of tools that will assist in the rehabilitation of Victoria's terrestrial environments and communities. Topics include the ecological parameters and adaptations of organisms in diverse environments and the key ecological relationships amongst organisms. 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 the Native Vegetation Management Framework, the Habitat Hectare approach, development of land management plans, and specific threatened species 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 ecological principles to environmental rehabilitation practices with creativity and responsibility, contributing to local and global communities;  
  2. Create a land management plan collaboratively with accountability for own input;  
  3. Communicate in oral and written form to professionals and the general community, approaches to rehabilitation based on complex ecological principles;  
  4. Justify the selected methods of assessment and management of communities and specific species exercising professional judgements; and  
  5. Evaluate, argue and implement the principles of the Habitat Hectare approach and the Native Vegetation Management Framework to contemporary, environmental assessment issues and propose creative and sound solutions.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Project Herbarium submission of 20 specimens 25%
Report Written Field Report (1500 words) 25%
Presentation Management Plan: Individual/Group written/Oral report (2000 words/7 minutes) 25%
Report Vegetation Report (2000 words) 25%

Required reading

Land of Sweeping Plains: Managing and Restoring the Native Grasslands of South-eastern Australia
Williams, S.G., Marshall, A. (2015)
CSIRO

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