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Ecology of Urban Landscapes (EVSC30006)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
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 different elements of landscapes
  • Outline how landscape structure may influence ecological interactions and processes
  • Describe the major ecological impacts of urbanisation
  • Understand changes to ecosystem processes in urban landscapes
  • Understand how ecological principles can be incorporated into landscape planning and design

Generic skills

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

Last updated: 06 October 2018