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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 Hobart for three days of fieldwork in a protected area in Hobart during January. A car is not required as the reserve is near public transport and will be done in COVID safe small groups.


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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Fire, Weeds and Ferals: Conserving Nature in Protected Areas
Unit code KGA331
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences

Prof JB Kirkpatrick

Teaching staff

Dr M McHenry

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



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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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