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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Examines principles of combustion and fire behaviour based on an understanding of meteorological events; the role of fire in ecosystem function; techniques of fire control including hazard reduction and other prescribed burning techniques; review of suppression strategies.

Unit content

The following topics will be considered, discussed or reviewed:

  • The role of fire in the ecology of Australia's forests;
  • The basic principles of fire behaviour, including the impacts of climate, topography, fuel loads and past management;
  • The principles of fire management, including hazard reduction, fire control and suppression; and
  • The principles of fire control policy and planning in NSW, communications and the human safety factor.

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate skills of critical thinking, analysis, and application of scientific methods in forest science and management; exercise informed judgement and make logical decisions and in relation to forest science and management
2 demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving; respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges
3 evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability and demonstrate well developed reasoning based upon principles of social justice and professional standards
4 demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of sustainable forest science and management; apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings; demonstrate in-depth knowledge in forest science and management
5 demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning; critically and objectively reflect on practice, and adapt to change; demonstrate information literacy skills
6 present clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas in forest science and management contexts; collaborate effectively on personal, scholarly, and professional terms
7 demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment.

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

  1. demonstrate skills of critical thinking, analysis, and application of scientific methods in forest science and management; exercise informed judgement and make logical decisions and in relation to forest science and management
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving; respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges
    • GA2:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  3. evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability and demonstrate well developed reasoning based upon principles of social justice and professional standards
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of sustainable forest science and management; apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings; demonstrate in-depth knowledge in forest science and management
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  5. demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning; critically and objectively reflect on practice, and adapt to change; demonstrate information literacy skills
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  6. present clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas in forest science and management contexts; collaborate effectively on personal, scholarly, and professional terms
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  7. demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment.
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA7: