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BIO312 Landscape Ecology (8)

Abstract

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.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineAlbury-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

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Environmental Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

BIO2%%

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

Syllabus

The 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

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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.