RESTORATION OF AQUATIC HABITAT

AGR3RAH

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students of this subject will explore theory and practice in restoration ecology applied to a range of selected landscapes and riverscapes/riparian zones. Students will explore concepts in restoration ecology, including the processes that shape landscapes and restoration, restoration thresholds, biodiversity, community assembly rules, exotic species, inter- and intra-specific interactions, and ethical and social issues. Students will undertake a critical review of a selected restoration project, assessing the case study against a set of criteria considered best practice in restoration ecology.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE or require Subject Coordinator approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is taught at Melbourne Polytechnic Epping Campus. This elective will run subject to sufficient numbers of students. This course is a mixture of online and face-to-face teaching strategies. Most of the theory will be taught online. In the face-to-face component - one workshop will be an excursion (8 hours total with 2 hours travel included) and the other workshops will be at the Epping Campus of Melbourne Polytechnic.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain the basic principles, theories and current practices and issues in restoration ecology

Activities:
Workshops and field trips will be used for students to gain knowledge in restoration principles and techniques. Group discussion of issues will take place in workshop sessions.

02. Explain the key approaches to manage and restore vegetation and implement river restoration

Activities:
Workshops and field trips will be used for students to gain knowledge in restoration management and techniques. Group discussion of issues and analysis of case studies will take place in workshop sessions.

03. Apply skills in the observation and recording of field and laboratory data

Activities:
Workshops and field trips will be used for students to gain knowledge in restoration principles and techniques. Methods of data collection will be undertaken in the field as well as in the laboratory. Group discussion of issues and analysis of case studies will take place in workshop sessions.

04. Apply appropriate theory and techniques of restoration ecology in a range of environmental contexts with reference to ethical and social issues

Activities:
Workshops and field trips will be used for students to gain knowledge in restoration principles and techniques. Group discussion of issues and analysis of case studies will take place in workshop sessions.

05. Use specialist terminology appropriately and present outputs in a format suitable for a professional audience using academic conventions

Activities:
Students will present reports and plans of aquatic restoration using appropriate language. These reports and plans will be completed and critiqued in small groups.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Summer 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 02 - 04
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 02 to week 04 and delivered via online.
"Delivered as prerecorded online classes. Online class week 2 -week 4 must be completed before the related workshop."

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 06 - 07
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 06 to week 07 and delivered via online.
"Delivered as prerecorded online classes. Online class week 6 must be completed before the related workshop."

WorkShop Week: 04 - 04
One 8.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 04 to week 04 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Complete week 2 - week 4 online class before workshop."

WorkShop Week: 06 - 06
One 8.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 06 to week 06 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Complete week 6 online class before workshop."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two Assignments (1,000-words each, total 2,000-words)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Case study (1,000-words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
3 x 10 minute online quizzes (750-words equivalent total)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05