Unit description

Examines principles of combustion and fire behaviour based on an understanding of meteorological events; the role of fire in ecosystem function; techniques of fire control including hazard reduction and other prescribed burning techniques; review of suppression strategies.

Unit content

  • The role of fire in the ecology of Australia's forests;
  • The basic principles of fire behaviour, including the impacts of climate, topography, fuel loads and past management;
  • The principles of fire management, including hazard reduction, fire control and suppression; and
  • The principles of fire control policy and planning in NSW, communications and the human safety factor.

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 2

  • This book is available as an eBook only. It is not available as a print copy: Bradstock RA, Gill, AM & Williams, RJ (eds), 2012, Flammable Australia: fire regimes, biodiversity and ecosystems in a changing world, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria. ISBN: 9780643104846.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Residential session 3 days  (once in mid session )
Lecture on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%


Teaching method
Residential session 3 days
Structured online learning 2 hours (11 weeks )
Exam: closed book50%

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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