|Year of offer||2019|
|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. 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.
- 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
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 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
Principal coordinator Lauren Bennett Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 60 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 commitment 170 hours Pre teaching start date 16 September 2019 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. Students will be asked to contribute to accommodation (4 to 5 nights), travel, and food expenses while in the field. Teaching period 30 September 2019 to 11 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 18 September 2019 Census date 4 October 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 1 November 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
September contact information
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.
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.
- Incidental costs
Students will be asked to contribute to accommodation (4 to 5 nights), travel, and food expenses while in the field.
- 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.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.