BIO312 Landscape Ecology (8)

Landscape ecology is essentially the study of spatial patterns and the way that these spatial patterns influence ecosystem processes and populations. In this subject students learn about the theoretical framework under which these large scale processes and interactions can be studied. They build on existing university knowledge of ecology and conservation to understand spatial processes within ecosystems: relationships among pattern, process and scale; and the modelling of spatial and temporal dynamics in biological systems. As such, students will combine knowledge of GIS, spatial analysis, remote sensing and ecology to analyse the biophysical properties of real landscapes for biodiversity conservation and landscape management. There is no residential school associated with this subject. Students completing this subject are able to apply their knowledge and skills to address problems and make appropriate decisions about natural resource management issues at a landscape level.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BIO312. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have an in-depth understanding of key concepts, principles and issues associated with landscape ecology;
  • have a variety of specialised skills in the use of landscape metrics and spatial statistics to landscape processes and interpret the results;
  • use critical thinking and sound judgement to design appropriate research projects to test specific issues relating to the application of landscape ecology to natural resource management
  • be able to apply their knowledge and skills to address problems and make appropriate decisions about natural resource management issues at a landscape level


This subject will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to landscape ecology
  2. Quantifying landscape patterns
  3. Ecosystem processes in the landscape
  4. Patch characteristics and quality
  5. Patch context and metapopulations
  6. Connectivity and boundaries
  7. Thresholds
  8. Broad scale processes and natural resource management

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BIO312 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Landscape metrics
Priority areas for reintroductions
Research proposal

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.