LismoreSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Introduces students to the ecological role, conservation value and management of Australian plants and plant communities, and develops practical skills in plant identification using keys. Students will integrate the knowledge gained in this unit to prepare a vegetation management plan for a forest remnant.

Unit content

  • Plant identification using taxonomic keys based on vegetative and floral structures
  • Plant community identification and classification using structural and floristic techniques
  • Physical environmental factors that influence plant growth and vegetation distribution patterns
  • Succession and plant community dynamics
  • Effect of isolation and fragmentation on native vegetation
  • Weeds: ecological impact and management strategies
  • Rare and threatened species
  • Ecological restoration of degraded vegetation
  • NSW and Federal Government legislative controls on vegetation
  • Approaches to conservation on public and privately owned land
  • Management for conservation in a changing world.

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Online Quizzes15%
Exam: practical20%
Exam: closed book30%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Residential session 4 days (once)
Online Quizzes15%
Exam: practical20%
Exam: closed book30%

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


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