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Environmental Restoration (ENV334)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
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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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 Plant Biology
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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