SLE202 - Landscapes and Their Management


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

SLE102 and 1 SLE coded unit at level 1

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour lecture per week, 2 x 3 hour practical experience (laboratory) per trimester, 3 x 3 hour practical experience (computer practical) per trimester, 1 x full day practical experience (field trip) to the Mornington Peninsula.


The use and management of land is central to many of the major environmental and societal issues of our age, including the biodiversity and climate crises, water degradation, urbanisation, human population growth, and the decay of agricultural land. These are all issues that we increasingly need to understand and manage, locally and globally. Landscape ecology provides a framework for developing solutions to these types of issues because it focuses on understanding spatial patterns in the landscape and how such patterns influence ecological processes. It does this at the scale of populations and metapopulations; the scale that determines whether species will become extinct or survive. Human land-use is a major driver of changes to landscapes throughout the world, and understanding how humans affect landscape processes is essential to creating sustainable landscapes for the future. Landscape ecology is underpinned by Landscape evolution, which determines topography, landforms, soil types, and hydrology. These aspects of landscapes place fundamental limitations on where species can occur; they define moisture, nutrient and sunlight availability, as well as exposure to fire and wind disturbances. Overlaying those natural patterns of variation in resources and disturbances are the impacts of humans. Understanding these landscape-scale factors is critical for predicting which species can persist at a site, the types of ecosystems that form there, and how they interact with other populations and communities across the landscape.

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