• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Australian Indigenous Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Geoffrey Cary
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2024
    See Future Offerings

This is an intensive course. In 2024, the face-to-face component will be delivered 29 Jan-9 Feb.

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 cultural and 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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.

Work Integrated Learning


All students engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a minor component of the course

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

  1. Students must submit one laboratory sheet and attend 75% of reading discussion groups to attain a final grade. A CRS will be applied against these requirements. (0) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. One-hour mid-block quiz on significance and management of fire in Australian and overseas environments. (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. 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]
  4. Two and a half hour final examination on course content. (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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

  • Face-to face component consisting of 65 hours of contact delivered intensively over 2 weeks comprising: lectures, practicals and field excursions;
  • Approximately 65 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 72 units towards a degree. Incompatible with ENVS6308.

You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text in this course.

Preliminary Reading

Required reading will me notified and made available before course commencement, via the ANU course website.


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:
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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1482 29 Jan 2024 30 Jan 2024 09 Feb 2024 24 Mar 2024 In Person View

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