Management of Plant and Animal Invasions

Subject NRMT90002 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lectures 2 hrs/week; one practical of 3 hrs; Tutorials 2 hrs/5 per semester;
Total Time Commitment:

Contact Hours: Lectures 2 hrs/week; Practical 3 hrs; Tutorials 2 hrs/5 per semester.In addition, students will need to spend significant non-contact time researching and writing a major assignment (split into two parts); time will also be required to prepare a short oral presentation and a final one page report. Total Time Commitment: Not available


Eligibility for postgraduate degree

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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements fo this entry.

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Prof Roger Cousens


Graduate School of Science

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Invasions are natural ecological phenomena. Dispersing individuals encounter suitable habitat, establish, spread and evolve. In this way, species have radiated outwards from their origins, colonised distant offshore islands, and species have spread in response to changes in climate.

Human-induced invasions of plants, animals and diseases in modern times have dramatically altered the scales of time and distance over which invasions take place. Their impacts can be considerable, wiping out unique communities, endangering rare species, adding considerable costs to agriculture, horticulture and forestry, and having effects on the health, leisure and livelihoods of people. Tools such as pesticides and biological control can often be used to great effect, while for other invaders there are no obvious solutions. There may be unwanted side-effects of control methods on non-target species, they may adversely affect human health, and may cause considerable public concern. Integrated management strategies can be developed using ecological information about the species but these must be implemented in a real world that involves economics, politics, opinions and social interactions.

Learning Outcomes:

In this subject we will explore the underlying principles of biological invasions, analyse their impacts, discuss in detail the various control methods and consider their possible side effects Through developing a plan for a species of their choice, students learn to appreciate the interplay between science, technology, sociology and legislation in achieving successful management of invasive species.


One 4000 word report (80%, submitted in two parts: mid-semester and end of semester), a management plan for an invasive species of the student’s choice. 10 minutes oral presentation (15%) must be given towards the end of semester. One short report (300words maximum, 5%) commenting on the 3 best plans presented by the rest of the class will also be due at the end of semester.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject students should have:

  • skills in formulating and writing management plans;
  • an ability to critically access different forms of information;
  • an understanding of how management decisions must consider people and not just science
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Sciences
Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Sciences
Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Master of Agricultural Science
Master of Animal Science
Master of Urban Horticulture
Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point (A) Master of Agricultural Sciences
100 Point (B) Master of Agricultural Sciences
150 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
200 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
Bachelor of Environments (Honours) Landscape Management
Conservation and Restoration
Conservation and Restoration
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Honours Program - Forest Science
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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