RESTORATION OF AQUATIC HABITAT

AGR3RAH

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will explore theory and practice in restoration ecology, applied to a range of selected landscapes and rivers capes/riparian zones. You 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. You 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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE or require Subject Coordinator approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThis 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.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply the basic principles, theories and current practices and issues in restoration ecology
02. Evaluate the key approaches to implement river restoration, including vegetation management.
03. Apply skills in the observation and recording of field and laboratory data.
04. Use knowledge of restoration ecology theory to assess the appropriate techniques used in restoration for a range of environmental contexts
05. Use appropriate specialist terminology and academic conventions

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, LTU Term 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 3 - 6
Two 1.00 d field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 3 to week 6 and delivered via face-to-face.
Field trips dependent on weather and tides

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 6 - 7
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 6 to week 7 and delivered via online.
Delivered as pre-recorded online classes. Online class week 6 must be completed before the related workshop.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 2 - 4
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 2 to week 4 and delivered via online.
Delivered as pre-recorded online classes. Online class week 2 -week 4 must be completed before the related workshop.

WorkShopWeek: 4 - 4
One 1.00 d workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 4 to week 4 and delivered via face-to-face.
Complete week 2- week 4 online classes before the workshop.

WorkShopWeek: 6 - 6
One 1.00 d workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 6 to week 6 and delivered via face-to-face.
Complete week 6 online class before the workshop.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Two Assignments (1,000-words each, total 2,000-words). The student will write two essays on selected topics related to restoration of aquatic habitats.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Case study (1,500-words). This assessment item is a case study on the Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary; students will write a detailed report that outlines what the research, monitoring and management priorities should be for the sanctuary and how this marine protected area should be managed for the future.

N/AReportIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

3 x 15 minute online quizzes (each equivalent to 250 words, total is 750 words). Formative assessment. Short quiz on materials from all lectures, tutorials and field trip covered during the summer semester 2020.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5