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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

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

  • Types of  protected area (International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN] Categories; World Heritage Areas; Australian and NSW systems), and management agencies and responsibilities.
  • Protected areas and biodiversity conservation.
  • Human cultural heritage conservation and management.
  • Visitor impact and management.
  • Protection of ecosystems (features of 'value' such as geological formations, hydrological networks, landscapes).
  • Planning and managing protected 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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 define the major threats to biodiversity in Australia and the role of protected areas in biodiversity conservation, tourism and protection of cultural heritage.
2 assess the importance of integrative management of protected areas that encompasses cultural and biological values, threat management and future planning.
3 design techniques for education and interpretation in protected area management.

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

  1. define the major threats to biodiversity in Australia and the role of protected areas in biodiversity conservation, tourism and protection of cultural heritage.
  2. assess the importance of integrative management of protected areas that encompasses cultural and biological values, threat management and future planning.
  3. design techniques for education and interpretation in protected area management.

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.