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SLE322 - Landscape Ecology

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:

0.125

Unit chair:

Shaun Cunningham

Prerequisite:

Two level 2 SLE-coded units

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

SLE736

Contact hours:

2 x 1 hour class per week, 5 x 3 hour practicals per trimester, 1 x 1 day weekend field trip.

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; cultural aspects of landscapes; land transformation and habitat fragmentation; patch dynamics; boundaries and edges; corridors and connectivity; wind and water flows in mosaics; 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 40%, literature review 15%, three practical reports 45%

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