Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Introduces ecological principles in the context of productive agricultural systems and healthy rural landscapes. Important ecological and landscape processes of energy flow, nutrient and water cycles and community dynamics are examined. Students will compare natural and managed ecosystems. Farming systems will be explored in relation to agroecological principles including biodiversity, synergy, efficiency, recycling, ecological resilience, animal and soil health.

Unit content

  • Introduction to agroecology; natural and managed ecosystems
  • Ecological concepts and landscape processes: energy flow, nutrient and water cycles, ecosystem services
  • Scale and hierarchy
  • Community dynamics
  • Patches, connectivity and the five landscape functions
  • Principal elements of agroecological systems: biodiversity, synergy, efficiency, recycling, animal and soil health, knowledge sharing.
  • Ecological resilience
  • Applying agroecology for healthy agricultural landscapes.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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