Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.
Environmental Restoration (ENV334)
|Organisational Unit||Environmental and Conservation Sciences|
|Availability||MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 60 places), S1-external (quota of 60 places)|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|Description||This unit focuses on the repair of damaged ecosystems and aims to provide an understanding of the concepts and practice of restoration ecology. Students study site-based and landscape-scale restoration, including mine site rehabilitation, plant regeneration, revegetation, plant and animal reintroduction, and landscape design. Students gain experience in developing restoration goals and techniques, the use of reference ecosystems, and design of resilient ecosystems. The unit further engages with the broader socio-economic and decision-making contexts within which restoration activities occur.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Recognise the role of environmental restoration in relation to other ecosystem management and conservation objectives.
2. Define, with examples, key terms and concepts such as restoration, resilience, and success criteria.
3. From information provided for a particular ecosystem, identify what are likely to be the key processes causing system degradation or preventing recovery, and develop strategies for system restoration.
4. Recognise the importance of values and social processes in the development and implementation of restoration plans.
5. Communicate effectively your understanding of objectives 1-4 in written forms.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lectures: 2 hours per week; workshop: 4 hours per week.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||The approach to learning in this unit is based on lectures, workshops, and field trips. Lectures provide theoretical information supported by examples whilst workshops and field trips provide practical, real-world examples of environmental restoration.|
|Assessment||The unit utilizes group-based(internal) learning activities focused around a restoration plan to develop knowledge and skills surrounding the practice of restoration in a realistic context. An essay focused on critical thought and use of literature and final examination assess student ability to demonstrate knowledge and thinking skills in restoration contexts.|
|Prerequisites||BIO103 Environmental Biology/Introduction to Environmental Biology. Students are strongly recommended to complete ENV268/ENV241 Ecology.|
|Exclusions||Students who have successfully completed ENV324 Environmental Restoration may not enrol in this unit for credit.|
|Quota||This unit is subject to quota. Space is limited during field practicals and in workshops. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Environmental Management and Sustainability major.|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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|Appears in these Minors||Plant Biology
|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|