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Managing Wetlands and Water (ENV332)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides both the theoretical understanding and the practical skills needed to effectively manage, monitor and conserve aquatic ecosystems. The unit focuses on inland waters (wetlands, rivers and lakes), although estuaries are also considered. Management of aquatic ecosystems requires knowledge of how they function; incorporating physical and chemical processes, flora, fauna and ecology. We then engage this knowledge to address various management issues and strategies. Field, laboratory and a self-driven research project provide practical application of management skills.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the interactions between physical, chemical and biological components of wetland and river ecosystems; to understand 'how wetlands work.'
2. Show proficiency in practical wetland sampling techniques (both in the field and laboratory) and competency in designing appropriate monitoring protocols for different management objectives.
3. Readily access appropriate information on aquatic systems and be able to write a scientific or management report in the proper format.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; practical work: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit integrates the theoretical component of lectures with the practical field and laboratory classes. The first (internal) field trip integrates practical monitoring techniques, laboratory analyses and theory from lectures to enable interpretation of data, understanding the ecology and appropriate management of a river. The second practical assessment provides guidance for a self-driven research project from stating a management question, through project design, field monitoring and appropriate data analysis to oral and written communication of the outcomes. Theoretical and problem solving skills are further examined in an exam. All aspects of the unit are facilitated by the unit website.
Other Learning Experiences The practical work includes one (external mode) or two (internal mode) field trips and a self-directed research project.
Assessment The wetland proposal (10%) assesses your competency in developing a hypothesis and designing monitoring protocols for management objectives based on best available science. The Swan River exercise (20%) assesses your understanding of the interactions between physical, chemical and biological components of an aquatic ecosystem from data measured in the field using appropriate techniques. The wetland project (30%) assesses your proficiency in practical skills (both in the field and laboratory), your capacity to critically analyse information and be able to write a scientific or management report in the proper format. Theoretical and problem solving skills are further examined in an exam (40%). Feedback is provided throughout the design process and in detailed comments (written or oral) on your written work.
Prerequisites ENV241/ENV268 Ecology
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ENV311 Management of Aquatic Systems/ Managing Wetlands and Water may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2015]
Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biological Sciences (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biology and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Biomedical Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2015]
Conservation and Wildlife Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Crop and Pasture Science (BSc) [New in 2016]
Engineering Technology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Marine Biology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mineral Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Ecosystem Management
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch 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.


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