- Code ENVS2021
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, Human Sciences
An ability to read and understand the landscape is a necessary skill for all land managers. How do soils develop and how does vegetation evolve? How do we describe soils and vegetation? How does soil affect vegetation and vice versa? What does the soil and vegetation tell us about the history of a site? We explore these issues in a series of lectures and field trips spanning the Great Dividing Range to the coast.
Themes covered in this course include:
• methods that are used to describe soils and vegetation;
• the soil formation process and the biogeography of vegetation in Australia;
• factors that influence the floristics and structure of vegetation communities including Aboriginal burning regimes and post-European impacts;
• relationships and interdependencies between soils and vegetation; and
• modern techniques for mapping vegetation communities based on these relationships.
This is a hands-on course with a substantial practical component. Concepts presented in lectures are reinforced through a coordinated set of field exercises in Canberra Nature Parks, Namadgi National Park, the ANU Kioloa field station and the Murramarang National Park. In their major project, students explore relationships between soils and vegetation using their own data collected at sites spanning the Great Dividing Range to the coast.
Honours Pathway Option
Subject to the approval of the Course Convener, students taking this option will be expected to complete additional readings and use advanced analytical techniques (under supervision) for their assignments.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Describe the classification of major Australian soils and vegetation types, their geographical occurrence and explain factors controlling their distribution at a range of scales
2. Apply eucalypt taxonomy and explain the reproductive biology and growth habits of eucalypts
3. Explain and compare plant adaptations to Australian environmental conditions
4. Describe and analyse patterning and processes in vegetation types and landscapes and synthesise the results to explain biogeography
5. Analyse and compare models of succession describing vegetation and soil response to natural and anthropogenic disturbances
6. Critically assess information sources, synthesise an evidenced based argument and communicate findings to audiences in appropriate ways.
- Short reports of field practicals (40%; LO 1,2,3,4,6,)
- Kioloa field trip report (30%; LO 1,2,3,4,)
- Final open book exam (30%: LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,)
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65 contact hours, comprising lectures, tutorials and fieldwork
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsStudents doing this course are strongly encouraged to purchase Costermans, L. 2006. Trees of Victoria and Adjoining Areas. Costermans Publishing ($18) OR the more comprehensive Costermans, L. 2009. Native Trees and Shrubs of South-Eastern Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood ($45).
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2387||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|