oed1oee outdoor environments




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students explore the natural and cultural characteristics of riverine, box and ironbark forests, and mountain and alpine areas of south-eastern Australia. Changing attitudes towards the land are explored by a chronological examination of Aboriginal and European occupation of the continent. Current land management issues are explored through a number of case studies, with particular emphasis on land use conflicts in the Australian alpine area.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRuth Lawrence

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralian Alps: Kosciuszko, Alpine and Namadgi National ParkPrescribedSlattery, D. (1998)USNW PRESS
ReadingsRivers as Ecological Systems: The Murray-Darling BasinPrescribedYoung, W.J.,(ed) 2001MURRAY-DARLING BASIN COMMISSION.
ReadingsWildlife of the Box-Ironbark countryPrescribedTzaros, C. 2005CSIRO PUBLISHING

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of (a) the concepts of bioregions and Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs), (b) the landforms, climate, hydrology and/or biota of the following four bioregions: Riverine Plains, Box and Ironbark forests, Mountains and Alpine bioregions, and (c) the changing attitudes of Aborigines and Europeans towards land in different bioregions, (d) past and present land management strategies in each of the four bioregions

Lectures, tutorials, field trips

02. Report on observations and data collected on a field trip complemented by material covered in lectures, tutorials and published literature

Lectures, tutorials

03. Read and discuss the literature on the natural and cultural history of the four bioregions, and demonstrate skills in oral communication through the presentation of selected topics in tutorials


Subject options

Select to view your study options…

Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRuth Lawrence

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 days field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
1,500-word assignmentPractical work hurdle (compulsory). Satisfactory participation and performance to defined exit standards are required to meet the compulsory hurdle assessment.3502
one 2 hour exam5001
tutorial participationmeasured by contribution to analytical discussion1503