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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 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.

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 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 Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving; respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges Creativity Lifelong learning Communication and social skills
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 Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
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 Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
5 demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning; critically and objectively reflect on practice, and adapt to change; demonstrate information literacy skills Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
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 Creativity Communication and social skills Cultural competence
7 demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment. Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence

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: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving; respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  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: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  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: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  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: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  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: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  7. demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

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