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Ecological Restoration (FRST90034)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Creswick)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeFRST90034
FeesSubject 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





Non-allowed subjects


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


Additional details

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

  • September
    Principal coordinatorLauren Bennett
    CoordinatorsSabine Kasel and Sabine Kasel
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Creswick
    Contact hoursEquivalent of 24 hours lectures and 36 hours practical work, delivered in a two-week intensive teaching block.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date11 September 2017
    Pre teaching requirementsDuring 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 period25 September 2017 to 6 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date13 September 2017
    Census date13 October 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 November 2017
    Assessment period ends 9 December 2017

Time commitment details

170 hours

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.

Further information

Last updated: 23 January 2019