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Ecology of Urban Landscapes (EVSC30006)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeEVSC30006
Semester 1
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Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in an increasingly urbanised world. This subject will introduce students to urban ecology and landscape ecology concepts and illustrate how they can be applied to plan and design more ecologically sustainable human landscapes. Topics include the concept of scale in ecology, land transformation and habitat fragmentation, the structure and components of landscapes, patterns and processes along urban-rural gradients, the impacts of urbanisation on biodiversity and strategies to mitigate them.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course students should be able to

  • Characterise the components of landscapes
  • Outline the causes and consequences of land transformation and habitat fragmentation
  • Understand the processes that operate in landscapes and how urbanisation may affect them
  • Discuss implications of ecological principles for planning and design of sustainable urban landscapes

Generic skills

  • Ability to access and critically analyse published literature
  • Ability to collect and analyse data
  • Written and oral communication skills

Last updated: 10 August 2019