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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Pre-requisites

168 credit points in any SCU unit.

Unit aim

Examines issues relating to the management of visitors, Indigenous and cultural heritage of terrestrial and marine environments. Special emphasis is placed on Australian and local (Northern NSW) case studies, techniques for conservation, and practical field experience in developing management plans for local terrestrial or marine protected areas. Students gain 'hands on' skills useful in future careers through interactions with park staff, indigenous rangers and community organisations.

Unit content

  • Status of global and Australian biodiversity and environments and reasons for establishment of protected areas.
  • Theory and principles of conservation biology (revision of biology and ecology; units of conservation; classification of threat; population ecology and management; impacts on physical, genetic, species and communities and their management; sustainable environmental use).
  • Types of terrestrial and marine protected area (IUCN Categories; World Heritage Areas; Australian and NSW systems), and management agencies and responsibilities. 
  • Marine protected areas, habitat protection and fisheries management.
  • Human cultural heritage conservation and management.
  • Planning processes, management strategies and production of plans of management.
  • Site management and restoration.
  • Education and interpretation in protected areas.
  • Parks and people (human ecology, indigenous issues, public participation in planning and management, alternative management models (co-management, conservation outside protected areas, private reserves), carrying capacity concepts, economic values, user pays, ecotourism, disaster management and dealing with wildlife issues.
  • Strategic planning and large ecosystem approach, cultural heritage conservation, integrated catchment management and multiple-use managed areas.

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: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss the major issues and threats to terrestrial and marine biodiversity in Australia and the role of protected areas in biodiversity conservation, recreation, tourism, and protection of cultural heritage Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills Cultural competence
2 explain the importance of the integrative basis for management of linked ecosystems and human settlements at various scales, particularly large ecosystem management and integrated catchment management Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
3 apply skills developed to analyse the principles and methods for environmental restoration and apply these to the development of a management plan for a protected area Intellectual rigour Creativity Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
4 analyse and evaluate techniques for education and interpretation and public participation in protected area planning and management processes Creativity Lifelong learning Communication and social skills Cultural competence
5 demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team and understanding of group processes. Lifelong learning Communication and social skills Cultural competence

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

  1. discuss the major issues and threats to terrestrial and marine biodiversity in Australia and the role of protected areas in biodiversity conservation, recreation, tourism, and protection of cultural heritage
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. explain the importance of the integrative basis for management of linked ecosystems and human settlements at various scales, particularly large ecosystem management and integrated catchment management
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. apply skills developed to analyse the principles and methods for environmental restoration and apply these to the development of a management plan for a protected area
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. analyse and evaluate techniques for education and interpretation and public participation in protected area planning and management processes
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team and understanding of group processes.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

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