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SLE322 - Landscape Ecology

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:

0.125

Unit chair:

Don Driscoll

Prerequisite:

Two level 2 SLE-coded units

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

SLE736

Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 5 x 3 hour practicals per trimester, field work (up to 15 hours)

Note:

Fieldwork including a weekend field trip forms a compulsory part of this unit. Students may be required to meet their own expenses in relation to food and accommodation while on fieldwork.

Content

Landscape ecology is the study of spatial patterns in the environment, how these patterns affect ecological processes, and the implications of pattern and process for land management and nature conservation.  It integrates the study of flora fauna, physical environmental factors and the place of people in the landscape.  In this unit we will address topics including: the structure of natural and modified landscapes; land transformation and habitat fragmentation; patch dynamics; edges; corridors and connectivity; land mosaics; major concepts used to describe and communicate the spatial dynamics of populations, and how plant and animal populations respond to landscape patterns.  We will give particular attention to the application of landscape ecology to sustainable land management and biodiversity conservation, using many national and international case studies.

Assessment

Examination 35%, video presentation 15%, project report 35%, three practical quizzes 15%

Unit Fee Information

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