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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
- Assess the causes and consequences of land transformation and habitat fragmentation
- Evaluate how urbanisation may affect processes that operate in landscapes
- Discuss implications of ecological principles for planning and design of sustainable urban landscapes
In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in science, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include;
- Ability to access and critically analyse published literature;
- Ability to collect and analyse data;
- Written and oral communication skills.
Last updated: 20 February 2024