RESTORATION OF AQUATIC HABITAT

AGR3RAH

2020

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.

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. Apply 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. Evaluate the key approaches to implement river restoration, including vegetation management.

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. Use knowledge of restoration ecology theory to assess the appropriate techniques used in restoration for a range of environmental contexts

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 appropriate specialist terminology and 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, 2020, 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 1.0 days 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 classes before the workshop. "

WorkShop Week: 06 - 06
One 1.0 days 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 the workshop."

Field Trip Week: 03 - 06
Two 1.0 days field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 03 to week 06 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Field trips dependent on weather and tides"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% 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.45 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
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.35 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
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 202020 01, 02, 03, 04, 05