• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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

Upon successful completion, 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.
  2. demonstrate a conceptual understanding of measurement and modeling approaches in ecological studies
  3. demonstrate an ability to apply concepts and methods of quantitative analysis, in the context of environmental data
  4. assess strategies to manage forest and other ecosystems in response to social, economic and political contexts of management (including biodiversity and carbon sequestration)
  5. demonstrate a capacity to effectively communicate quantitative outputs and ecosystem management strategies to a scientific/management community.

Other Information

If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Computer-based quizzes to demonstrate student learning of underlying theories and practice of assessment and management. These quizzes will draw extensively from practical classes. (30) [LO 1,3,4]
  2. 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]
  3. A final examination that demonstrates understanding of ecological assessment and management. (30) [LO 2,3,4]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures plus 1 x 3 hour workshop per week.
  • Approximately 70 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.


Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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