This interdisciplinary unit is part of the Geography and Environment (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 Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences for information.
Please note that this unit is not completely online but is distance friendly. Students will need to travel to a property in the Midlands of Tasmania for three days of fieldwork in a protected area between January 5 and 7 inclusive. Bus transport from Launceston and Hobart will be provided for those who need it.
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|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
|Discipline||Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences|
|Coordinator||Professor James Kirkpatrick|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.
- Engage in critical thinking about conservation in protected areas
- Communicate effectively on the subject in maps and writing
- Employ basic terminology and concepts in protected area management for nature conservation
- Analyse and interpret basic spatial information and interpret spatial patterns in terms of management needs
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR 25 points of intermediate level KGA or KPZ units or, if you believe you've completed other units that may be considered as prerequisites, please contact the Degree or Unit Coordinator
|Assessment||Take home examination (25%)|Field test quiz (15%)|Management plan (50%)|Field test map (10%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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