Courses & Units

Landscape Conservation and Recreation KGA527

For face-to-face mode (or any interested online students) - A three-day in-field camp to northern Tasmania will be scheduled in week 7 of semester. The cost of this camp; which includes 5 meals per day; transport; accommodation and entry fees; is $150. An online payment portal is available to students from week 1 of semester, and the camp cost can be paid down progressively in increments until the end of week 4.
For students who cannot attend camp, a compulsory online 3-day seminar and workshop program is scheduled for Friday evening, and 5 hours each on Saturday and Sunday. This seminar and workshop program is delivered live online, and will feature world-renowned presenters and experts in geoconservation and geotourism, outstanding virtual field-trips, and dedicated training and interactions with our KGA527 teaching team.


Conservation efforts globally are focussed primarily on biodiversity, but geodiversity elements and features such as soils, rivers, mountains and caves provide humans with awe and inspiration, enjoyment, and a wealth of ecosystem and geosystem services. In this unit, you will learn about how to recognise geodiversity elements as critical system supports for biodiversity and ecosystem function, and to appreciate their cultural and recreational value for society. Using a series of masterclasses with global experts (in-field, in person and online), you will be immersed in the practices of geoconservation and 'geotourism'. With no prior knowledge or skills required, you will develop skills as a communicator and conservation professional, and learn how to: - Rank and assess geodiversity elements (as 'units' of conservation) and features in terms of their rarity, uniqueness, importance to science and society, - Construct inventories of abiotic, biotic and cultural elements and values for recreation and reserve establishment - Undertake in-field degradation assessments of landscapes used by humans for tourism and production - Recommend management strategies to restore landscape features and values for human enjoyment and wilderness protection - Undertake decision-making in a range of modes – graphical, consensus methods, GIS methods and qualitative methods. - Communicate landscape features and conservation strategies to a broad range of audiences and stakeholders. Any student interested in how to undertake conservation practice, curate heritage, restore degraded environments, assess landscape suitability for tourism and other ventures, or to communicate natural values will find KGA527 useful. All skills and knowledge required to successfully complete KGA527 are developed within the unit.


Unit name Landscape Conservation and Recreation
Unit code KGA527
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Melinda McHenry
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Construct inventories for geodiversity for heritage, tourism and conservation purposes
  • Evaluate land degradation and vulnerability of geodiversity elements and values .
  • Recommend appropriate infrastructure, experiences, and management options for geodiversity elements using decision-support tools
  • Communicate geodiversity values to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

KGA527 is delivered online and face-to-face, on-campus and in the field by a series of 11 masterclasses (1 per week, excluding field trip weeks). Two separate whole-day (8 hour) field trips will also occur during semester (dates to be confirmed in Week 1 of semester). These field trips may be attended in-person or online.

In addition to the 8 hours in the field, each field trip will also involve bus travel of up to 2 hours each way. Students participating in-person must allow for these travel times in their scheduling. If you are unable to join in-person due to time constraints, please arrange to join the online activities.

A three-day fieldwork camp will take place during semester (Friday-Sunday, dates TBC), with attendance options either online or in-person.

AssessmentAT1: Weekly Quiz (10%)|AT2: Geosite nomination (30%)|AT3: Geotrail or Heritage Trail (30%)|AT4: Video Experience (30%)
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