• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Geoffrey Cary
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2014
    See Future Offerings

Fire is pivotal to the functioning of Australian ecosystems. This course explores a range of important themes concerning bushfires in Australian and international environments. The inter-dependent relationship between fire regimes and biota is explored using evidence from experiments and theory. Techniques for measuring and modelling fire regimes, including dendrochronology, charcoal sampling and landscape simulation, are then investigated. These are used to understand fire regimes of the past, present and future, including during pre-human, Aboriginal, and European eras. The sensitivity of fire regimes to natural and human factors provides context for exploring the likely effects of climate change and other aspects of global change on future bushfire occurrence. Similarly, it provides context for understanding the role of bushfire management, including prescribed burning, in modifying fire regimes. Finally, these themes are brought together in an analysis of managing likelihood of adverse outcomes from bushfires. Key components of the course are insights into ongoing research being undertaken in the Fenner School, the Department of Archaeology and Natural History, the ANU College of Law, the Bushfire CRC, CSIRO, and an international network of landscape fire modellers.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

 

Please note:  An enrolment  quota applies to this course.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Explain the pivotal importance of fire regimes for Australian landscapes and their management, including the importance of fire regimes of the past, present and future during pre-human, Aboriginal and European eras
2. Explain methods for measuring and modelling fire regimes, including dendrochronology, charcoal sampling and landscape simulation
3. Explain how the sensitivity of fire regimes to natural and human factors provides a context for exploring the likely effects of climate change and other aspects of global change on the future occurrence of bushfires
4. Apply principles for managing likelihood of adverse outcomes from bushfires
5. Acquire, demonstrate and generate knowledge on bushfire dynamics, effects, measurement and management
6. Select and research a relevant topic in depth (e.g. literature analysis, computer modelling)

Indicative Assessment

Students must submit one laboratory sheet and attend 80% of reading discussion groups to attain a final grade. Assessment will be based on:

  • One-hour mid-block quiz on measurement and biological significance of past, present and future fire regimes in Australian and overseas environments (20%; LO 1, 2, 5)
  • 2000-word practical report, either constructing computer simulation model of plant dynamics subject to recurrent fire or analysis of data from a long-term fire ecology experiment (35%; LO 2, 3, 4)
  • 3000-word research paper (literature review or computer modelling) on relevant topic agreed with Course Convenor (45%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) .

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Workload

Summer Session (3-14 February 2014). 65 contact hours taught as a two-week block course, comprising lectures, practicals and field excursions

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS6002 or SRES6008.

Preliminary Reading

Bradstock, R.A., Gill A.M. and Williams, R.J. (eds) (2012). Flammable Australia: Fire Regimes, Biodiversity and Ecosystems in a Changing World. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $2160
2005 $2520
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3606
2004 $3618
2005 $3618
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1399 03 Feb 2014 04 Feb 2014 07 Feb 2014 14 Feb 2014 In Person

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