Courses & Units

Fire, Weeds and Ferals: Conserving Nature in Protected Areas KGA331



This interdisciplinary unit is part of the KGA major. It is also available as an elective. It is suitable for students with backgrounds including (but not limited to) Science, English, Government, History, Law, Management, Psychology and/or Sociology. Please consult the unit coordinator in the School of Land Food for information.  Note that the unit is given over eight days of classes, including three days of fieldwork, in early January (9-13 and 16-18) 2017, based in a field camp for three days and the rest of the time in Hobart.


A unit essential for those working towards a career managing natural environments and people in protected areas. For those with other vocational interests, the unit is a way to learn about natural ecosystems and the principles of conservation management. Fire, weed, feral and people management require the biophysical knowledge that this unit provides. They also require an understanding of planning, administrative and management systems, all of which can facilitate or impede the achievement of conservation outcomes. We develop this broad understanding of factors relevant to the conservation management of ecosystems and species in protected areas, and train students in the formulation of natural environment management plans. The plans we produce are usually used by the protected area managers. Field work is used to familiarise students with the management problems of a particular protected area and to collect data relevant to the formulation of the management plan.


Unit name Fire, Weeds and Ferals: Conserving Nature in Protected Areas
Unit code KGA331
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
School of Land & Food
Discipline Geography and Spatial Science

Prof JB Kirkpatrick

Teaching staff

Prof JB Kirkpatrick, Dr LK Kriwoken

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Summer school On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Summer school 2/1/2017 13/1/2017 28/1/2017 25/2/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2017: $1,131.00 2017: $2,512.00 050901

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



25% Level 200 KGA or 25% Level 200 in any science or management discipline with Degree Coordinator approval on Unit Coordinator  recommendation.

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • KGE513-813 KGA516


Teaching Pattern

Five days of lectures (26 hrs), tutorials (3 hrs) and laboratory work (11 hrs) and three days of field work.


2-hr exam (25%), field test (25%), 1500-word field based management plan (50%)

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