- Class Number 7659
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Craig Strong
- Anna Reboldi
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
This course develops multi-disciplinary skills by integrating scientific knowledge and environmental management using examples of major environmental issues related to land and marine environments, including the coastal zone. Through lectures, research projects and field study site visits, students learn about:
- mine site rehabilitation
- national parks and their management
- management of indigenous lands
- wildlife management for conservation and production
- sustainable management of land and water resources in rangelands and croplands
- management of river systems and catchments
- coastal zone management
This course is of interest to soil scientists, foresters, geographers, geologists, and others involved in land and catchment management.
Honours Pathway Option
Subject to the approval of the course convenor; students taking this option will be expected to complete advanced weekly readings and to be prepared to discuss this advanced material in tutorials. In addition, students will be expected to make a tutorial presentation on one week's reading and to lead the subsequent discussion (a minimum of 15% of overall assessment). All other assessment and requirements remain the same.
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:
- Conduct a detailed literature search and prepare a major research paper on a major environmental issue related to land and marine environments, including the coastal zone
- Conduct a detailed literature search and prepare a research seminar on a major environmental issue related to land and marine environments, including the coastal zone.
- Discuss a range of environmental issues with various land managers, government extension officers and private consultants, and prepare a report on these issues.
- Work in teams to record data, write joint reports, and present joint papers at conferences.
- Explain both the scientific underpinning and environmental implications of critical issues in land, marine and coastal environments, including mine site rehabilitation, national parks and their management, management of indigenous lands, wildlife management for conservation and production, sustainable management of land and water resources in rangelands and croplands, management of river systems and catchments, and coastal zone management.
The research activities of a number of ANU research staff and government managers, who are guest lecturers, are the basis of this course. Students will receive lectures from experts across a range of environmental disciplines. Each lecturer is drawing directly from their own research experience or management practice. The tutorials and workshops follow a number of discipline case studies emphasising the complex cross-disciplinary nature of environmental management. The course field trips visits real working industry placements, for example cotton farm, broad acre cropping, gold mine, international registered wetlands. The speakers at each stop are actively engaged in real world management.
Four day rangeland fieldtrip [optional] – Depart 7.15 am Tuesday 10th and return by (no later than) 7 pm on Friday 13th September. A major field trip to the marginal rangelands of NSW is held in September holidays. Detailed field program exposes students to real management practices and challenges faced by a range of land uses.
Half day mine site rehabilitation – Captains Flat fieldtrip [optional] – Week 4 Thursday - depart 1300 return by (no later than) 1700. Explore the historical context of mine sites.
Half day mine site rehabilitation – Woodlawn fieldtrip [optional] – Week 5 Thursday - depart 1300 return by (no later than) 1700. Explore the historical context and re purposing of an old mine site.
Additional Course Costs
Four day rangeland fieldtrip – $250* each. Includes transport, accommodation and meals. Payment via ANU Science Shop.
* final cost will be indicated on the course Wattle site
Examination Material or equipment
No electronic devices.
No special resources are required.
Readings will be made available during the course.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
Written comments on assignments;
• Verbal comments on individual presentations;
• Verbal feedback to the whole class on group exercises and on assignments;
• Additional, individual feedback on request.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture A: Intro 'What are NRM issues' Lecture B: Focus of NRM governance||Essays/reports/seminars|
|2||Lecture A: Mining & minesite Rehab Lecture B: Mining & minesite Rehab|
|3||Lecture A: Mining rehab and LFA Lecture B: Field trip to Woodlawn||Seminars Module 1 (Minesite rehab)|
|4||Lecture A: Rangelands 1 - What, where Lecture B: Rangelands 2 - Wildlife Harvesting||Field trip to Captains Flat|
|5||Lecture A: Rangelands 3 - Goats Lecture B: Rangelands 4 - Grazing||Field trip to Woodlawn|
|6||Lecture A: C in Rangeland soils Lecture B: Mgt soil salinity||Seminars Module 2 (Rangelands management)|
|7||Lecture A: Indigenous Land Ownership Lecture B: National Parks||Seminars Module 3 (National Pks/Conserv)|
|8||Lecture A: Box gum network Lecture B: National Landcare||Seminars Module 4 (National Landcare Program)|
|9||Lecture A: Water dist in catchments Lecture B: Algal bloom management||Seminars Module 5 (Catchment management)|
|10||Lecture A: P runoff & algal bloom Mgt Lecture B: Black Water|
|11||Lecture A: Sea water ingress Lecture B: Coast adapt||Seminar Module 6 (Coastal adaptation)|
|12||Lecture A: Catchment modelling Lecture B: Course Review|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Research Seminar||25 %||22/07/2019||24/10/2019||2, 3, 4|
|Major Research Essay||25 %||15/08/2019||07/09/2019||1, 4|
|Field trip report||25 %||10/10/2019||24/10/2019||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Final semester exam||25 %||31/10/2019||28/11/2019||4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4
As a group, research a land management topic. Each group member will argue the case of a different stakeholder. Talk duration is 8 mins with panel discussion time at end. Active listening mark is awarded to rest of class in audience.
Word limit: Active communicator = 8 mins; Active listener = 500 words
Presentation requirements:Written work submitted at end of class
Estimated return date: One week after submission
Students will present on different dates which will be discussed in class. The due date indicates the approximate date the first presentations are due, the return date indicates the end of the teaching period.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4
Major Research Essay
Choose one essay topic (28 across 6 themes are provided). International students can write on a case study of the topic in their home country.
Word limit: 2500
Presentation requirements:Written work submitted via Turnitin
Estimated return date: 2 weeks after submission
Individual Assessment in Group Tasks (where applicable): Individual assessment piece
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Field trip report
Prepare a 2000 word report in the style of a journal article OR 'The Conversation' that describes:
• The key characteristics of shrublands that have become dysfunctional and formed clay pans?
• Describe how water-ponding techniques can be used to rehabilitate such degraded areas, and landscape function analysis used to monitor the rehabilitation.
Presentation requirements: Written work submitted via Turnitin
Estimated return date: 2 weeks after submission
Individual Assessment in Group Tasks (where applicable): Individual assessment piece drawing on group collected field dataset
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 4
Final semester exam
Two hour (2hr) final exam – answer 6 questions from the 8 options provided.
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Land Capability And Soil Degradation, Soil Biology, Natural Resource Management, Atmospheric Aerosols
Dr Craig Strong