Applied Ecology

Subject ECOL30005 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x one hour lectures per week; and 20 hours tutorials/workshops (including excursions) during the semester
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering applications for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005) and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, this subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in tutorial, workshop and excursion activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.



Subject Overview:

The subject describes and evaluates the applications of ecological concepts for the conservation and management of natural and man-made ecosystems. In particular, it identifies the implications of global and local changes for ecological communities and habitats, especially within the Australian environment. It examines approaches to management of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, including the role of genetics, the effects of habitat fragmentation; the control of pest species, and restoration of damaged habitats

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject, students should understand the ways in which ecological knowledge is used in managing terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Students should appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.


Two written assignments totalling up to 5000 words due during the semester (90%); a 10-minute oral presentation at the end of semester (10%).

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Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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

This subject builds upon existing generic skills, and should help students develop their abilities to apply scientific principles to conservation problems, and enhance their skills in data interpretation. Students should also learn how to access information from the primary scientific literature, through both electronic and traditional sources.

The tutorial component of this subject should allow students to develop skills in speaking to a scientific audience with a small group of students. This will include arrangement of content among speakers and presentation of material (using appropriate media) by taking part in formal debate of a controversial topic in conservation biology.


This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Botany (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Conservation and Australian Wildlife (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Ecology (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Environmental Science
Environmental Science major
Environments Discipline subjects
Forest Science
Geography Major
Marine Biology
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED
Related Breadth Track(s): Ecology

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