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GEO350 Wildlife Management (8)

Abstract

Australia has many land management problems, including the disappearance of rare species and excessive numbers of others, both native and introduced. This phenomenon may be a symptom of a deeper problem: inappropriate land management practices. This subject uncovers both the symptoms and some of the causes and offers some practical solutions and management approaches. It enables the student to interpret ecological concepts and the results of field research and apply them when making decisions in respect of wildlife and vertebrate pest management.

Through the use of learning contracts, the student will have considerable flexibility in respect of whether to focus on wildlife ecology, (including vertebrate pests), research or management of wildlife and its habitats. They may also choose whether to concentrate on production landscapes (eg agricultural, forestry or mining), urban environments or natural areas for the context of their projects.

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Subject information

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

Assumed Knowledge

BIO140

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Be able to discuss and model the main ecological concepts pertaining to animal population dynamics
Be able to identify the underlying causes of biological invasions and threats to the conservation of wildlife
Be able to undertake independent research into the ecology and management of a selected species or population
Be able to evaluate a range of wildlife management techniques and approaches
Be able to select appropriate methods and materials to prepare a monitoring program
Be able to evaluate the ethical and environmental implications of management decisions
Be able to debate the ethical values in respect of controversial issues such the sustainable use of wildlife
Be able to apply the principles of wildlife ecology to managing fauna on a specific site such as an Australian farm, minesite or natural area.

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:
wildlife management principles scientific reporting and oral communication information technology for wildlife managers population and community ecology modelling of populations and systems the history, impacts and ecological characteristics of vertebrate pests in Australia selection of approaches and techniques for managing vertebrate pests interpreting research data wildlife survey and monitoring methods causes of extinction and decline the sustainable use of wildlife managing wildlife and habitat restoration in production landscapes (eg farms, mines, managed forests) management planning considerations

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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.