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Unit of Study FORS2001 - Fire Ecology and Management (2022)

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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:

demonstrate advanced understanding of how fire maintains open ecosystems and critically evaluate likely effects of altered fire regimes on plants, animals and ecosystem function.

discuss and evaluate the major fire management approaches, including burning for ecological restoration, hazard reduction and Aboriginal cultural burning.

critically evaluate the sensitivity of fire regimes to changing landuse and climate, and the interaction between fire regimes, climate and carbon cycling through time

research, evaluate and synthesise information to describe a fire management or fire ecology issue into written form for appropriate audiences.

Prescribed learning resources

Prescribed Texts
  • William J. Bond, 2019, Open Ecosystems: ecology and evolution beyond the forest edge, First Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom. ISBN: 9780198812456.

Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods.