|Year of offer||2017|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Ecological Restoration examines the principles and practices needed to restore terrestrial ecosystems in a range of modified landscapes from settled to agricultural to forested. Its focus is ecological, although consideration is also given to socio-economic factors that influence restoration programs. Lectures and field trips explore ecological principles and projects from site to landscape scales, encompassing biodiversity values and ecosystem services.
Intended learning outcomes
At the end of this subject students will have an advanced understanding of:
- Properties of degraded versus functioning ecosystems
- Need for ecological restoration (Australia and elsewhere)
- Types and goals of ecological restoration at site to landscape scales
- Planning, legislation, incentive schemes relevant to restoration of native systems
- Ecological restoration strategies and methods (including harnessing natural processes and planning for climate change)
- Indicators of ecosystem function and restoration success at different scales
- Benefits of ecological restoration
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
An assignment of maximum 1,250 words (25%; due at the end of the first week of the 2 week intensive.
A group project including oral presentation (30%; 3-4 per group; individual presentation for 10 minutes; due last day of the 2 week intensive.
An assignment of maximum 2,750 words (45%; due within 6 weeks of the end of the 2 week intensive.
Dates & times
Principal coordinator Lauren Bennett Coordinators Sabine Kasel and Sabine Kasel Mode of delivery On Campus — Creswick Contact hours Equivalent of 24 hours lectures and 36 hours practical work, delivered in a two-week intensive teaching block. Total time commitment 170 hours Pre teaching start date 11 September 2017 Pre teaching requirements During the pre-teaching period, students will be required to research and prepare an advanced draft of the first Assessment task, and read a journal article in preparation for a workshop. Teaching period 25 September 2017 to 6 October 2017 Last self-enrol date 13 September 2017 Census date 13 October 2017 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 November 2017 Assessment period ends 9 December 2017
Time commitment details
Additional delivery details
During the pre-teaching period, students will be required to research and prepare an advanced draft of the first Assessment task, and read a journal article in preparation for a workshop.
There is a cost for one nights accommodation (~$40) associated with the main field trip in the second week of the subject.
Recommended texts and other resources
- Rieger J, Stanley J, Traynor R (2014) Project Planning and Management for Ecological Restoration. Island Press, Washington, 324pp.
- Clewell AF, Aronson J (2013) Ecological Restoration. Principles, Values and Structure of an Emerging Profession. Island Press, Washington, 315pp.
- Allison SK (2012) Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change: Renewing Damaged Ecosystems. Routledge, Taylor and Francis, London and New York. 252pp.
- Hobbs RJ, Suding KN (2008) New Models of Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration. Island Press, Washington, 353pp.
- Walker, L.R., Walker, J., Hobbs, R.J. (2007) Linking Restoration and Ecological Succession. Springer, New York, 190pp.
- Perrow MR, Davy AJ (Eds) (2002) Handbook of Ecological Restoration. Volume 1 Principles of Restoration. Cambridge University Press. 444pp.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.