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Unit description

The foundational unit provides an overview environmental management practices to regenerate terrestrial ecosystems. It introduces students to the specific requirements for life and biological processes in terrestrial ecosystems and their linkages with aquatic ecosystems, as well as management tools, legislation, risk assessment, and restorative practices that sustain and improve environmental quality and sustainability.   This unit will also help students develop professional skills to become practicing environmental scientist scientists.

Unit content

1. Terrestrial ecosystems soils, biota and water

2. Threats to terrestrial ecosystems and their consequences

3. Tools and approaches to understanding and managing threats to ecosystems

4. Reducing impacts to ecosystems from human activity

5. Elements to improving degraded ecosystems

6. Measuring improvement in ecosystems

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1Identify and discuss the causes, prevention and rehabilitation of a range of types of habitat degradation
2apply discipline specific knowledge to identify and prioritise area for regeneration
3discuss and evaluate the principles and practices of ecosystem regeneration
4Critically analyse a selected land use or ecosystem degradation issue in relation to its management and its habitat regeneration potential

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

  1. Identify and discuss the causes, prevention and rehabilitation of a range of types of habitat degradation
  2. apply discipline specific knowledge to identify and prioritise area for regeneration
  3. discuss and evaluate the principles and practices of ecosystem regeneration
  4. Critically analyse a selected land use or ecosystem degradation issue in relation to its management and its habitat regeneration potential

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Assessment
Portfolio45%
Short written response25%
Project report30%

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Assessment
Portfolio45%
Short written response25%
Project report30%

Teaching method
Residential 2 days (Once)
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Assessment
Portfolio45%
Short written response25%
Project report30%
Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

Fee information

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