• 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 Cristopher Brack
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS6514
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Effective management and conservation of ecosystems requires an ability to quantify what is there and how it is changing; as well as an understanding of the options to manage these ecosystems for sustainability. This course investigates the use of broadly applicable ecological principles and methods to restore or sustainably manage woodland and forest ecosystems. We begin with how desirable objectives for sustainable ecosystem management can be defined, particularly focusing on criteria and indicators, the adaptive management cycle and a precautionary approach. A range of examples including traditional silvicultural and other systems is used to explore how plant community structures and dynamics can be manipulated to achieve management objectives.

 

The course uses a “hands-on” approach to develop skills in the quantitative assessment, measurement and modelling techniques that are fundamental to assessing the state of an ecosystem. Field exercises are designed to provide experience in assessing whether applied management approaches are leading to the desired changes in system structure and dynamics. The field and applied focus of the course provides experience with the basic quantitative skills that are sought by employers of natural resource management and ecology graduates in areas ranging from hands-on management to policy. Students apply their learning to a management planning task within the major assignment, and deliver the results of their work in a conference-style setting at the end of the semester. Smaller quizzes and reports throughout the course help develop skills to assess and interpret forest and woodland structures and conditions, and to develop solutions for multiple management objectives.

 

Students may expect to interact with researchers and other professionals from the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Forests NSW, Greening Australia, and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

 

Honours Pathway Option

Subject to the approval of the course convener students taking this option must demonstrate greater depth in the philosophy and use of modelling for environmental/forest management. They will attend six additional one-hour tutorial/workshops over the semester, which may be web-based, and will submit an alternative major project (40%) on a topic to be approved by the convener.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain and apply sustainable management concepts, particularly criteria and indicators, the adaptive management cycle and the precautionary principle. (LO1)
  2. demonstrate a conceptual understanding of measurement and modeling approaches in ecological studies (LO2)
  3. demonstrate an ability to apply concepts and methods of quantitative analysis, in the context of environmental data (LO3)
  4. assess strategies to manage forest and other ecosystems in response to social, economic and political contexts of management (including biodiversity and carbon sequestration) (LO4)
  5. demonstrate a capacity to effectively communicate quantitative  outputs and ecosystem management strategies to a scientific/management community. (LO5)

Indicative Assessment

  • Computer-based quizzes to demonstrate student learning of underlying theories and practice of assessment and management. These quizzes will draw extensively from practical classes (4-6 quizzes, 30% ) [LO 1,3,4]
  • A major report on the proposed management of a forest or woodland to meet specified objectives. Students will justify a management system and outline a monitoring approach to provide quantitative evidence that the proposed system is meeting the objectives. This assessment requires students to demonstrate ability to integrate knowledge of measurement, modeling and management, in the format of a 2500-word report (40%) [LO 1,2,3,4,5].
  • A final examination that demonstrates understanding of ecological assessment and management (30%) [LO 2,3,4].  

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Workload

60 Contact hours, comprising lectures, practical workshops and field excursions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENVS1003 or STAT1003. Incompatible with ENVS6514.

Prescribed Texts

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Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8303 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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