LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

ENV3LEC

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Landscape ecology is the science of studying the relationships between ecological processes in the environment and how these affect plants and animals. Landscapes are large areas characterized by interacting patches or ecosystems, ranging from natural terrestrial and aquatic systems to human-dominated environments. Key research topics in landscape ecology include ecological flows, land use, relating landscape pattern analysis with ecological processes and landscape conservation. Importantly, it contributes significantly to conservation and restoration. Students are introduced to the main concepts of landscape ecology: landscape structure, function and change. The practical implications are introduced, encompassing nature conservation and habitat restoration in fragmented landscapes. Practical work provides an opportunity to gain experience in a range of skills including data collection, collation and analysis of data, interpretation of findings, and preparation of scientific reports. Practicals include observational studies, field data collection and data analysis and a field trip to assess land uses across a broad landscape.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Morgan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Design and discuss how landscapes are composed

Activities:
Students choose a landscape of their choice, identify the components and then quantify the spatial patterning of that landscape.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Analyse and evaluate spatial data using relevant statistical methods

Activities:
Students collect spatial data on a landscape of their choice. Practical session on landscape ecology metrics/tools will be dedicated to teacjing students about concepts and appropriate analyses.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Design and discuss a landscape and orally present a testable hypothesis and project plan as a team

Activities:
Students collect data on one-day field trip about landscape function, then use statistical analyses to report back to group in Oral Presentation. Part of a practical session is deicated to teaching students about experimental design and analysis of data and requirements for oral presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Prepare a well-structured, scientifically accurate report based on field trip data collection

Activities:
Report layout, structure and content of the report will be provided in a practical session/lab manual
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Explain and discuss landscape ecology concepts

Activities:
In the lectures, students are taught the theory of landscape ecology with examples and applications of the structure, function and change of landscapes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Morgan

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 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.

Field Trip Week: 37 - 37
One 8.0 hours field trip other recurrence on weekends during the day from week 37 to week 37 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Final Exam (1.5 hrs, short essay questions)30 06
Two assignments based on practicals in weeks 2-3 and 4-5 (each 750 words)Written feedback on performance (both rubric and comments); prac report 1 will have detailed feedback to ensure prac report 2 can be written with enhanced understanding of requirements20 01, 02
Group Research Project based on field trip topic of land use (Powerpoint Presentation, 10 mins)Draft presentations will be checked prior to submission and oral feedback provided on scope, content and interpretation. Written feedback on content (rubric and comments) will be provided20 03
Individual Research Report based on field trip topic of land use (written report 1500 words)Written feedback (rubric and comments) provided on intellectual ideas presented in report, as well as scientific writing capability30 05

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Morgan

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 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.

Field Trip Week: 37 - 37
One 8.0 hours field trip other recurrence on weekends during the day from week 37 to week 37 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Final Exam (1.5 hrs, short essay questions)30 06
Two assignments based on practicals in weeks 2-3 and 4-5 (each 750 words)Written feedback on performance (both rubric and comments); prac report 1 will have detailed feedback to ensure prac report 2 can be written with enhanced understanding of requirements20 01, 02
Group Research Project based on field trip topic of land use (Powerpoint Presentation, 10 mins)Draft presentations will be checked prior to submission and oral feedback provided on scope, content and interpretation. Written feedback on content (rubric and comments) will be provided20 03
Individual Research Report based on field trip topic of land use (written report 1500 words)Written feedback (rubric and comments) provided on intellectual ideas presented in report, as well as scientific writing capability30 05