Wildlife, Soil and Cultural Conservation

Subject 220-285 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty hours of lectures and 30 hours of practical work
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject introduces and outlines the management strategies and conservation of wildlife, soil and culture within a forested landscape. On completion of this subject, students should:

  • be familiar with both terrestrial and aquatic habitats and be able to conduct wildlife surveys;

  • understand animal population dynamics;

  • be able to identify soil types and problems;

  • understand soil fertility and the action of fertilisers and soil/water ¬≠relations;

  • understand the complexity of cultural issues in land management; and

  • be aware of cultural conservation conflict issues and the management strategies developed to meet the challenge of these issues.

This subject covers:

  • population dynamics and terrestrial and marine wildlife surveying and monitoring techniques, habitat change and wildlife management plans;

  • assessment of physical and chemical fertility of Australian soils;

  • soil texture, structure, organic matter, organisms, water and pH;

  • soil degradation problems and control;

  • soil acidity, salinity and erosion;

  • nutrient cycles and the selection, application and handling of fertilisers;

  • factors important to cultural conservation, communication and liaising;

  • conflicts of values and the concept of balance; and

  • role of legislation and policy in cultural conservation.

Assessment: A 1-hour examination worth 30%, and up to three projects of a maximum of 2000 words each and totalling 70%.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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Related Course(s): Associate Degree in Forestry Management

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