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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Human Geography




Not offered in 2016


The unit provides a broad introduction to ecology and environmental management for candidates looking to develop an ecological literacy base for their professional careers. It is suitable for those with little or no prior ecological experience. Through Australian and international case studies, the unit provides practical experience in the application of ecological knowledge to make informed, science-based management and policy decisions.


On completion of this unit, candidates will have gained the ability to:

  1. Explain key concepts in biodiversity, ecological succession, disturbance and resilience as they relate to current environmental issues
  2. Apply appropriate field/laboratory methods for flora and fauna analysis
  3. Use online geospatial resources, mapping and data-handling tools
  4. Critically evaluate and write scientific reports
  5. Relate ecological knowledge to management practice and policy


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

  • Additional requirements
  • Field trip

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


APG4430, APG5430