UG Coursework Unit
Level of learning
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.
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.
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:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Understand the physical principles driving fire behaviour.|
|2||Demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the ecological role of fire, particularly in forested ecosystems in Australia.|
|3||Analyse opposing fire management systems for their impact on ecological health and community safety.|
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
Understand the physical principles driving fire behaviour.
Demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the ecological role of fire, particularly in forested ecosystems in Australia.
Analyse opposing fire management systems for their impact on ecological health and community safety.
- Griffiths, T. , 2001, Forests of Ash: an environmental history, Cambridge University Press , Cambridge. ISBN: 0521012341 .