Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Describes the form, function and emergent properties of healthy, productive rural landscapes. Explores ecological design and planning processes and the concept of ecological indicators. Students learn the rural landscape design process including water management approaches. 

Unit content

  • Rural landscapes: patches, landscapes and bioregions
  • Landscape indicators: sustainability, productivity and efficiency
  • Evaluating agricultural landscapes
  • The planning elements of rural landscape design
  • Rural landscape design and planning techniques
  • The design and planning process: nine steps to regenerative land planning
  • Digital resources and tools for rural landscape planning
  • Developing an action plan
  • Water management approaches including Natural Sequence Farming, Yeomans Keyline Planning, Leaky Weirs and Whole Farm planning

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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