CQUniversity Unit Profile
ENVR12002 Applied Ecology
Applied Ecology
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General Information

Overview

Applied Ecology is the science of understanding and managing natural living resources. Over-harvesting of exploited species, habitat loss, and the spread of invasive species are among the world’s most pressing environmental issues. Solutions to these problems are complex, but firmly embedded in the fundamental tenets of ecological knowledge and theory. This unit will provide you with a broad perspective of the field of applied ecology by working across different ecological levels (ecosystem, community, population and species) and issues, in the process you will explore how ecological knowledge and theory is applied to the management of natural living resources.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites ZOOL11005 Foundation Animal Biology and BOTN11004 Foundation Plant Biology or BIOL11099 Living Systems and BIOL11100 Functional Biology or BIOL11102 and ENVR11014. Anti-requisite BIOL13031 - Ecology: Theory and Application

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 40%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student unit and teaching evaluations.

Feedback

Potentially a longer residential school to get more practical experience.

Recommendation

The Residential School for 2021 should be increased by one day.

Feedback from Student unit and teaching evaluations.

Feedback

I think the residential school should be held earlier in the unit.

Recommendation

Unit Residential Schools are often timetabled in blocks to minimize student travel, this makes it difficult to change the timing of Residential Schools.

Feedback from Student unit and teaching evaluations.

Feedback

The res school was a valuable part of this subject and really added to my experience. The residential school was really useful and fun and helped my learning by putting it all into practice.

Recommendation

The Residential School for 2021 should be increased by one day.

Feedback from Student unit and teaching evaluations.

Feedback

There was little instruction on report writing. No opportunities for improvement from report 1 to report 2 (perhaps consider an early res school, allowing for formative checkpoints in the composition of reports so that improvements could be made, maybe also consider report 1 being graded and returned to students with time to improve their second report).

Recommendation

The first assessment piece (report) should be returned to students before the second assessment is due, this gives students the opportunity to incorporate feedback from the first assessment. In practice this is extremely difficult to achieve, teaching staff in 2020 had three back-to-back Residential Schools which require being in the field for periods of two weeks for other units. Next year exemplar residential school reports will be provided to students and all students will made aware of how to use the descriptive assessment rubric for report writing.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe how ecological principles are applied to the protection, management, and restoration of terrestrial and aquatic living resources and ecosystems
  2. Discuss the elements, concepts, and theories of population and community structure and dynamics
  3. Apply integrated knowledge of population, community and ecosystem ecology to real world situations using industry standard methods
  4. Develop and utilise the skills necessary to undertake ecological fieldwork successfully and to analyse ecological data/models.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Practical Assessment - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Practical Assessment - 30%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Supplementary

Applied Ecology: Monitoring, managing, and conserving 1 (2017)

Authors: Anne Goodenough and Adam Hart
Oxford University Press
United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780198723288
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Guy Carton Unit Coordinator
a.carton@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

WEEK 1: INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED ECOLOGY

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

WEEK 2: SURVEYING AND MONITORING

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

WEEK 3: BEFORE, AFTER, CONTROL, IMPACT (BACI)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theory Quiz 1 will open 07:00 Friday 30th July (AEST).

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

WEEK 4: ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theory Quiz 1 will close 23:55 Friday 6th August (AEST).

Theory Quiz 2 will open 07:00 Friday 6th August (AEST).

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

WEEK 5: REMOTE SENSING

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theory Quiz 2 will close 23:55 Friday 13th August (AEST).


Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

WEEK 6: EXPLOITED SPECIES - WILD CAPTURE FISHERIES

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

WEEK 7: EXPLOITED SPECIES - WILD CAPTURE FISHERIES

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theory Quiz 3 will open 07:00 Friday 3rd August (AEST).

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

WEEK 8: RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Residential School, North ROK Campus, 6th-8th September.

Theory Quiz 3 will close 23:55 Friday 10th September (AEST).

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

WEEK 9: WILDLIFE INTERACTIONS

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theory Quiz 4 will open 07:00 Friday 17th September (AEST).

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

WEEK 10: LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theory Quiz 4 will open 07:00 Friday 24th September (AEST).

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

WEEK 11: ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theory Quiz 4 will close 23:55 Friday 1st October (AEST).


Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

WEEK 12: ENVIRONMENTAL REHABILITATION OF IMPACTED SITES

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical Report 1 Growth Modelling Assessment of Marine Fish due 23:55 Wednesday 4th October (AEST).

Practical Report 2 Ecological Surveying Methods due 23:55 Wednesday 4th October (AEST).

Theory Quiz 5 will open 07:00 Friday 8th October (AEST).


Practical Report 1: Growth Modelling Assessment of Marine Fish Due: Week 12 Monday (4 Oct 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Practical Report 2: Ecological Surveying Methods Due: Week 12 Monday (4 Oct 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theory Quiz 5 will close 23:55 Friday 15th October (AEST).

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

This unit has one compulsory residential school for ALL students. The residential school consists of three days, 6-8th September (inclusive) at CQUs North Rockhampton campus, Rockhampton.

Students will be required to provide their own transport to and from campus and accommodation. Details of residential school activities will be provided on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quiz(zes) / Short Answer Questions

Task Description

Online Quiz(zes)/Short Answer Questions will test knowledge across five (5) key areas, these are:

  1. Ecological surveying and monitoring / BACI (Topics Week 2 & 3).
  2. Ecological indicators (Topic Week 4).
  3. Exploited Species: Wild capture fisheries (Topic Week 6 & 7).
  4. Wildlife interactions / Landscape ecology and management (Topic Week 8 & 9).
  5. Environmental restoration / Environmental rehabilitation of impacted sites (Topic Week 11 & 12)


Number of Quizzes

5


Frequency of Quizzes

Fortnightly


Assessment Due Date

Quiz 1 due 23:55 6th August, Quiz 2 due 23:55 13th August, Quiz 3 due 23:55 10th September, Quiz 4 due 23:55 24th September, Quiz 5 due 23:55 15th October.


Return Date to Students

Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Periodic online quizzes/short answers are based on lecture and study material from the previous week(s).

For ALL students, online quizzes will open on the Friday (07:00) of the week of the topic (e.g. Quiz 1 covers Week 2 and 3, so opens 07:00 Friday of Week 3) and is open for 7 days (e.g. Quiz 1 closes on 23:55 Friday of Week 4). Online quizzes are limited to thirty (30) minutes for completion; make sure to submit within the thirty (30) minute time limit. Students will have one attempt per quiz.

Questions can be a mix of true/false, multiple choice, mix-and-match, short answers, and other formats.

Do not share your questions or answers with other students as this may disadvantage other students, and such behaviour will be considered a breach of academic integrity and may result in academic misconduct.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe how ecological principles are applied to the protection, management, and restoration of terrestrial and aquatic living resources and ecosystems
  • Discuss the elements, concepts, and theories of population and community structure and dynamics


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Report 1: Growth Modelling Assessment of Marine Fish

Task Description

During your ENVR12002 Residential School you will undertake activities that require the application of scientific and industry standard monitoring, assessment and surveying methodologies and technologies. These activities will be primarily across two areas: 1) Growth Modelling Assessment of Marine Fish (Practical Report 1), and 2) Ecological Surveying Methods (Practical Report 2). Following the Residential School you will use the data collected during each activity to write up and present the results and conclusions in the format of a scientific/industry standard report.

To assist you with the task of writing up the reports, general assistance with the interpretation and analysis of data will be provided at the conclusion of each activity during the Residential School.



Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (4 Oct 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Practical Report will be assessed on:

  1. Completeness (relevant observations, methods and results relating to growth assessment and modelling of teleost fish).
  2. Discussion of the results in context with current and relevant fisheries methods for assessment and predictive modelling of fish growth.
  3. Appropriate application and discussion of teleost fish growth and modelling assessment(s) and applications/limitations in the management of exploited stocks.
  4. Clarity, grammar, punctuation and organisation.
  5. Presentation of figures, tables and diagrams (to publication standard).
  6. Correct inline referencing of figures/tables/diagrams.
  7. Appropriate and correctly-cited references with appropriate author-date citation (Harvard referencing).
  8. Word limit of 2000 words.

Further details of the assessment criteria and rubric will be available on unit Moodle (Week 10: Residential School) and discussed with students at the conclusion of the Residential School.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the elements, concepts, and theories of population and community structure and dynamics
  • Apply integrated knowledge of population, community and ecosystem ecology to real world situations using industry standard methods
  • Develop and utilise the skills necessary to undertake ecological fieldwork successfully and to analyse ecological data/models.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Report 2: Ecological Surveying Methods

Task Description

During your ENVR12002 Residential School you will undertake activities that require the application of scientific and industry standard monitoring, assessment and surveying methodologies and technologies. These activities will be primarily across two areas: 1) Growth Modelling Assessment of Marine Fish (Practical Report 1), and 2) Ecological Surveying Methods (Practical Report 2). Following the Residential School you will use the data collected during each activity to write up and present the results and conclusions in the format of a scientific/industry standard report.

To assist you with the task of writing up the reports, general assistance with the interpretation and analysis of data will be provided at the conclusion of each activity during the Residential School.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (4 Oct 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Practical Report will be assessed on:

  1. Completeness (relevant observations, methods and results relating to assessment of species diversity through application of different sampling techniques).
  2. Discussion of the results in context with current and relevant ecological sampling techniques that seek to measure and quantify species diversity.
  3. Appropriate application and discussion of sampling and assessment of species diversity and consideration of habitat classification for ecological management.
  4. Clarity, grammar, punctuation and organisation.
  5. Presentation of figures, tables and diagrams (to publication standard).
  6. Correct inline referencing of figures/tables/diagrams.
  7. Appropriate and correctly-cited references with appropriate author-date citation (Harvard referencing).
  8. Word limit of 2000 words.

Further details of the assessment criteria and rubric will be available on unit Moodle (Week 10: Residential School) and discussed with students at the conclusion of the Residential School.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the elements, concepts, and theories of population and community structure and dynamics
  • Apply integrated knowledge of population, community and ecosystem ecology to real world situations using industry standard methods
  • Develop and utilise the skills necessary to undertake ecological fieldwork successfully and to analyse ecological data/models.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?