EVST13015 - Landscape Ecology & Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will cover essential knowledge of landscape features and their management. Students will obtain theoretical and practical understanding of landforms, biogeography, effects of natural and man-made impacts (eg mining) on the sustainability of local ecosystems, erosion control, vegetation surveys, modern techniques of remediation, productive use of degraded land and rehabilitation success criteria. They will gain practical experience through field visits during residential school. Emphasis will be placed on Central Queensland landscapes with a broader understanding of Australian landscapes. All students are required to attend a Residential School.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must have completed 72 units of credit.

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).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Online Test 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 30% response rate.

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.

Source: Have your say
Feedback
The residential school was very beneficial
Recommendation
This unit will continue to have the residential school to allow the students to practice what they learn in theory.
Action Taken
Residential school was continued with visits to a mine site and a grazing property.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Field trips were useful to learn Landscape Function Analysis (LFA)
Recommendation
LFA is a new technique to assess how a restored ecosystem is recovering. Field demonstration is essential and this will be continued.
Action Taken
LFA protocols to assess restoration success were applied and further examples were provided
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Ashwa's knowledge in local ecosystems, and his enthusiasm to pass on this to students was appreciated. His comments on the field trip were excellent.
Recommendation
Thank you. I have been working in this field for more than 30 years, and I would love to explain the part I know to the students
Action Taken
Students had the privilege of visiting certain mine sites. This aspect, as well as the practice of introducing students to local flora will be continued.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
The second assignment needs further explanation
Recommendation
The second assignment instructions will be re-written to highlight the protocols to be used and the involvement of team work.
Action Taken
Students were explained about the details of the second assignment and they were also requested to send a draft before submitting the final report.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
It is good to know in advance what all the measurements will be taken during residential school
Recommendation
Thank you.for this suggestion. These details will be added to second assignment description, On day one of res school, I will briefly explain about the tests to be conducted in the field.
Action Taken
A practice run of the use of LFA was organised on Day 1 of the residential school, so the students could apply these skills on Day 3.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Unit has a lot of important information that will be used in careers
Recommendation
This information will be enriched to ensure that the students will learn state-of-the-art techniques and procedures in landscape management
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Residential school was very engaging
Recommendation
These practices will be continued and where possible, they will be improved.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Provide a working example of the online test
Recommendation
A practice online test quiz will be uploaded and the students will be instructed to practice it before taking the final online test.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Assessment return to be specified and implemented
Recommendation
The assessment return date will be mentioned on the Moodle site, and the marked assessments will be returned to the students as per this schedule.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Moodle navigation to be streamlined
Recommendation
The switch to new Moodle buttons, and re-organisation of the contents should improve Moodle navigation.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the key features of the biogeographic landscape
  2. Discuss the impacts of various activities such as tree clearing and mining on the sustainability of local ecosystems
  3. Conduct land and vegetation surveys, simulate erosion events and describe land remediation techniques
  4. Analyse techniques used in the remediation of degraded landscapes and discuss those relevant to Australian ecosystems
  5. Design a protocol for remediation and/or sustainable management of a disturbed landscape
  6. Assess the criteria used to determine cost effectiveness and success of remediation process.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Online Test