Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPhysical Geography
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Simon Connor


Previously coded ENV414F


This unit provides a broad introduction to ecology and environmental management for candidates looking to develop an ecological literacy base for their professional careers. It is suitable for those with little or no prior ecological experience. Through Australian and international case studies, the unit provides practical experience in the application of ecological knowledge to make informed, science-based management and policy decisions.


On completion of this unit, candidates will have gained the ability to:

  1. Explain key concepts in biodiversity, ecological succession, disturbance and resilience as they relate to current environmental issues
  2. Apply appropriate field/laboratory methods for flora and fauna analysis
  3. Use online geospatial resources, mapping and data-handling tools
  4. Critically evaluate and write scientific reports
  5. Relate ecological knowledge to management practice and policy


Essay (1500 words) 30%
Field report (2000 words) 50%
Class participation and practical exercises 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hour lecture per week; weekend fieldtrip