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BIO145 Habitat Management (8)

Abstract

This subject is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of how to evaluate and describe different plant and animal habitats of the Australian environment; to conduct basic flora and fauna surveys; and to recognise different types of habitat degradation and to identify appropriate remedial measures. The emphasis is on practical field investigation and management techniques but there is also an introduction to data presentation, analysis and interpretation.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Rural Management

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Be able to access information on the biota of major habitats of their region
Be able to demonstrate practical skills at planning and conducting a flora and fauna survey
Be able to use and evaluate flora and fauna survey equipment
Be able to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams and evaluate group effectiveness
Be able to demonstrate basic identification skills of animal and plant species, particularly mammals, birds, trees and shrubs
analyse, discuss and present the results of data from fieldwork and desk-top survey
Be able to identify, classify and describe a selection of Australian habitat types
Be able to assess different types of habitat for their conservation significance
Be able to investigate selected habitats to learn about the animal communities which they contain
Be able to present results of investigations in a well structured report recognise the main factors which affect plant communities and other habitats
Be able to identify the major pest plants and other injurious agents (such as inappropriate fire regime) in their own region
Be able to select a suitable technique to manage, restore or rehabilitate degraded habitat and know how it is applied
Be able to make recommendations in respect of the management of a selected broad habitat type

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:
biological survey techniques habitat description, classification and mapping basic community and habitat ecology an overview of special habitats with emphasis on wetlands and deserts assessment of habitat value for wildlife an introduction to assessment of conservation significance report presentation plant biology and ecology weed characteristics and identification regeneration of plant communities and habitat management of wildlife habitat: fire and grazing management of farm habitats and wildlife bushland management planning and project organisation

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. The aim of the School is to provide the student with the capability of planning, implementing and evaluating a flora and fauna survey and habitat assessment.

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 24 November 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.