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 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 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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).

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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 76.92% 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 unit is highly interesting and helpful to workforce. It offers unique opportunity to see mine sites and test latest technologies.
Recommendation
Thank you. The highlighted features will be retained to make this a unique and useful unit.
Action Taken
The applied and problem-solving theme was further emphasized
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Enjoyed the field trips and hands on experience via residential schools.
Recommendation
We will endeavour to keep these trips, with further improvement in field activities.
Action Taken
The field trips and exposure of students to real-world issues will be continued
Source: Have Your Say & Residential School
Feedback
The scheduling of field trips can be streamlined to ensure that the start and finishing times will be more or less similar to estimated timings.
Recommendation
Predetermined target sites will be chosen and visited at set times. However, additional observations such as soil erosion or weed infestation will occur during travel. Since these events are unpredictable, there could be some delay; nevertheless I will make every effort to return to the base by the scheduled time.
Action Taken
The estimated timings were maintained during residential schools
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Instructions for assignment submission to be made clearer.
Recommendation
I will re write the instructions to assignment submission.
Action Taken
The instructions were revised
Source: Residential school/ Have Your Say
Feedback
Reorganisation of residential school activities.
Recommendation
First day of residential school will focus on techniques and the remaining sessions will deal with observations and applications of the learnt techniques.
Action Taken
This suggestion was considered and the first day of residential school was used to train the students in landscape function analysis assessment
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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