• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Geoffrey Cary
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS6308
  • Offered in Summer Session 2018
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The course will be delivered from 29 January - 9 February 2018. A quota will apply. Please see "Other information" for details.

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 simulation modelling. An exploration of the sensitivity of fire regimes to natural and human factors then provides a context for exploring the likely effects of climate change and other aspects of global change on future bushfire dynamics. Similarly, it provides context for understanding the role of bushfire management, including prescribed burning, in modifying fire regimes. These themes are brought together in an analysis of managing likelihood of adverse outcomes from bushfires, including legal and other societal implications. Key components of the course are insights into ongoing research being undertaken in the Fenner School, the ANU College of Law, the University of Canberra, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, CSIRO, and an international network of landscape fire modellers.

A quota will apply to admission to this course.  Students may register their enrolment interest by completing a Registration for enrolment permission form available from the convenor or from the Student Administration office, Forestry Building (48).

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 the present and future management of natural landscapes.

2. Explain methods for exploring fire regime effects including through long-term experiments and landscape simulation.

3. Explain how the sensitivity of fire regimes to natural and human factors provides a context for exploring effects of land management, and the likely effects of climate change and other aspects of global change, on bushfire occurrence.

4. Explain principles for managing likelihood of adverse outcomes from bushfires, and for understanding subsequent legal and other societal implications of adverse outcomes.

5. Acquire, demonstrate and generate knowledge on bushfire dynamics, effects, measurement and management.

Other Information

A quota will apply to admission to this course.  Students must register an expression of interest to enrol via the following website.

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 significance and management of fire regimes in natural landscapes, including introductory legal considerations,  in Australian and overseas environments (20%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

•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 1, 2, 5)

•Two and a half hour final examination on: significance of fire regimes; climate change and management impacts on bushfire dynamics; managing likelihood of adverse outcomes from bushfires, and subsequent legal and other societal implications  (45%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

 

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The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

65 contact hours taught as a two-week block course, comprising lectures, practicals and field excursions. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 72 units towards a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS6308.

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.

Majors

Minors

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
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
1315 29 Jan 2018 09 Feb 2018 09 Feb 2018 02 Mar 2018 In Person

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