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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to the ecological role, conservation value and management of Australian plants and plant communities, and develops practical skills in plant identification using keys. Students will integrate the knowledge gained in this unit to prepare a vegetation management plan for a forest remnant.

Unit content

  • Plant identification using taxonomic keys based on vegetative and floral structures
  • Plant community identification and classification using structural and floristic techniques
  • Physical environmental factors that influence plant growth and vegetation distribution patterns
  • Succession and plant community dynamics
  • Effect of isolation and fragmentation on native vegetation
  • Weeds: ecological impact and management strategies
  • Rare and threatened species
  • Ecological restoration of degraded vegetation
  • NSW and Federal Government legislative controls on vegetation
  • Approaches to conservation on public and privately owned land
  • Management for conservation in a changing world.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate practical skills in identifying plants and plant communities, and describe the methodology and purpose of vegetation classification and mapping
2 discuss the dynamics and distribution of plant species and communities (including weeds and rare plants) with reference to environmental factors and human impacts
3 describe the main approaches to conservation and management of Australian vegetation, including legislative controls, on both public and privately owned land
4 synthesise and evaluate information from a variety of sources to prepare a well-structured and clearly written vegetation management plan for a forest remnant.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate practical skills in identifying plants and plant communities, and describe the methodology and purpose of vegetation classification and mapping
    • GA4:
  2. discuss the dynamics and distribution of plant species and communities (including weeds and rare plants) with reference to environmental factors and human impacts
    • GA4:
  3. describe the main approaches to conservation and management of Australian vegetation, including legislative controls, on both public and privately owned land
    • GA4:
  4. synthesise and evaluate information from a variety of sources to prepare a well-structured and clearly written vegetation management plan for a forest remnant.
    • GA1:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.