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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1assess ecological indicators to evaluate rural landscape healthIntellectual rigour
2describe the geographic and agricultural elements of a rural landscapeIntellectual rigour
3evaluate techniques in rural landscape planning and designIntellectual rigour
4utilise digital technologies in rural landscape planningIntellectual rigourCreativityLifelong learning
5demonstrate the capability to develop a rural landscape planCreativityLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. assess ecological indicators to evaluate rural landscape health
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. describe the geographic and agricultural elements of a rural landscape
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. evaluate techniques in rural landscape planning and design
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. utilise digital technologies in rural landscape planning
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. demonstrate the capability to develop a rural landscape plan
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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International

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