RESTORATION OF AQUATIC HABITAT

AGR3RAH

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will explore the theory and practice of restoration ecology, as applied to a range of selected aquatic ecosystems and habitats. You will explore concepts in restoration ecology, including the processes that shape aquatic habitats and their restoration, restoration thresholds, biodiversity, population and community structure, design and monitoring of restoration programs and the environmental ethical and social issues associated with restoration programs and activities.. 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 subject 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 two field trips will be conducted (8 hours each with 2 hours travel included and one workshop (total 6 hours) will be at the Epping Campus of Melbourne Polytechnic. Student attendance at each of the field trips is strongly encouraged. Students are expected to use their own transport (which may or may not be supplemented by a transport option provided by Melbourne Polytechnic) to attend the field trips.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Ecological Management and Restoration

Resource TypeJournal article

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorTein McDonald (Editor)

Year2013

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherEcological Society of Australia and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd

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Other descriptionPublishing peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, news items, reviews and letters on the science and practice of ecosystem restoration and management, this innovative journal combines a highly readable style with scientifically credible material.?

Source locationN/A

Ecological Management and Restoration

Resource TypeJournal article

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorTein McDonald (Editor)

Year2013

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherEcological Society of Australia and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd

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URLN/A

Other descriptionRestoration Ecology?fosters the exchange of ideas among the many disciplines involved in the process of ecological restoration. Addressing global concerns and communicating them to the international scientific community, the journal is at the forefront of a vital new direction in science and ecology.

Source locationN/A

Ecological restoration : principles, values, and structure of an emerging profession

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorClewell, Andre F. and Aronson, J.

Year2013

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherIsland Press, Washington, DC.

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Other descriptionThe book identifies fundamental concepts upon which restoration is based ; considers the principles of restoration practice; explores the diverse values that are fulfilled with the restoration of ecosystems; reviews the structure of restoration practice, including the various contexts for restoration work, the professional development of its practitioners, and the relationships of restoration with allied fields and activities.

Source locationN/A

Ecological Restoration Law: Concepts and Case Studies

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorAkhtar-Khavari, Afshin & Richardson, Benjamin J. (Eds.),

Year2019

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherRoutledge, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY

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Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionThrough critical theoretical perspectives and topical case studies, this book's diverse contributors explore a more ambitious agenda for ecological restoration law. Not only do they investigate current laws and other governance mechanisms; they also?consider the philosophical and methodological bases for the law to take ecological restoration more seriously.?

Source locationN/A

River Restoration: A strategic approach to planning and management

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorRobert Speed, Li Yuanyuan, Daved Tickner, Robert J. Naiman, Cao Jianting, Lei Gang, Yu Lili, Paul Sayers, Zhao Zhongnan, Wei Yu.

Year2016

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherUNESCO Publication.

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URLN/A

Other descriptionThe book provides an overview of the history and evolution of river restoration, it sets out a framework for planning and implementing river restoration, and it addresses some key principles, issues, and methods for restoring rivers in the wider context of water resource management and river basin planning.

Source locationN/A

Foundations of restoration ecology

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorFalk, D. A., M. A. Palmer, and J. B. Zedler (editors).

Year2016

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherIsland Press, Washington, DC

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Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionFoundations of Restoration Ecology?provides the latest emerging theories and ideas in the science of restoration ecology. Case studies described in this book ?highlight supporting theory for restoration application and other details important for assessing the degree of success of restoration projects in a variety of contexts.

Source locationN/A

Resilience Practice

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorWalker, B and Salt, D

Year2012

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherIsland Press, Washington, DC

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Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionThe book begins with an overview and introduction to resilience thinking and then takes the reader through the process of describing systems, assessing their resilience, and intervening as appropriate. Following each chapter is a case study of a different type of social-ecological system and how resilience makes a difference to that system in practice. The final chapters explore resilience in other arenas, including on a global scale.

Source locationN/A

Marine, freshwater, and wetlands biodiversity

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHawksworth, D. L. and A. T. Bull (editors).

Year2010

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherSpringer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionThis book gathers together a wide range of papers reporting on key research into the biodiversity conservation of these critical and increasingly threatened habitats. Collectively these papers provide a snap-shot of the types of problems they are experiencing, and offer a wealth of topical examples which render this volume especially valuable to marine, freshwater and wetlands ecology, biological conservation and ecological restoration.

Source locationN/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 restoration of aquatic habitats including vegetation and fauna.
03. Apply skills in field observation, recording and analysis of data and presentation of reports
04. Use knowledge of restoration ecology theory to assess the appropriate techniques used in aquatic habitat 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 2.00 days 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 hour unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 6 to week 7 and delivered via blended.
Delivered as pre-recorded online classes. Online class week 6 must be completed before the related workshop and field trip.

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

WorkShopWeek: 6 - 6
One 1.00 day 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.

WorkShopWeek: 4 - 4
One 1.00 day 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.

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/AReportIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

4 x 15 minute online quizzes (each equivalent to 250 words, total is 1,000 words). Formative assessment. Short quiz on materials from all lectures, tutorials and field trip covered during the summer semester 2020.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5