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Ecological Restoration (FRST90034)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
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. The subject is delivered as a two-week intensive, including a four-day field-based component run from the Creswick campus, followed by an overnight field trip to north-eastern Victoria, and then three final days at the Parkville campus.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this subject students will have an advanced understanding of:

  • Recognise the drivers and consequences of environmental degradation, and the associated need for ecological restoration.
  • Describe the principles that underpin sound ecological restoration with a focus on ecology and with a strong awareness of the social and economic aspects of ecological restoration.
  • Apply inter-disciplinary skills and knowledge to develop sound and realistic goals for ecological restoration at site to landscape scales.
  • Develop practical skills and strategies for ecological restoration including harnessing natural processes and planning for climate change.
  • Assess the uncertainties of ecological restoration and develop strategies for addressing those uncertainties.
  • Explain what constitutes successful ecological restoration and the associated ecological, social and economic benefits.

Generic skills

  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry, and self-directed learning and research
  • Ability to synthesise environmental knowledge and propose solutions in applied situations
  • Ability to communicate complex environmental knowledge and research effectively to a range of audiences
  • Ability to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to plan work, use time effectively, and manage small projects
  • Technical skills for professional practice and research in field of specialisation

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 workshop and field trip participation and an 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
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours60 hours (36 hours practical, 24 hours lectures), delivered in a two-week intensive teaching block, comprised of a 4-day field-based component in the first week (equivalent of 16 hours practical, 12 hours lectures), and a 2-day excursion plus 3 days of lectures in the second (equivalent of 20 hours practical, 12 hours lectures)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date16 September 2019
    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. Students will be asked to contribute to accommodation (4 to 5 nights), travel, and food expenses while in the field.
    Teaching period30 September 2019 to 11 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date18 September 2019
    Census date 4 October 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 1 November 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    September contact information

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.

Further information

Last updated: 16 August 2019