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In this unit you will develop the knowledge and skills needed to undertake planning for protected area systems. We will explore the frameworks, processes and methods used to identify areas for inclusion in national reserve systems. Students will have the opportunity to apply and compare reserve selection methods using Tasmania as a case study. Topics covered include system purposes and priorities; national reserve planning frameworks; systematic conservation planning; government reserve selection processes; and collaborative and participatory approaches. Students without prior experience in GIS and spatial analysis will be given a basic introduction to these skills. Note, the software taught in this course requires a Microsoft operating system and is not compatible with Macintosh computers.  There is an optional on campus weekend tutorial session for students to complete the technical training on university computers. For those wanting more instruction for the technical aspects this session, or who use a Mac as their personal computer for learning, the on campus weekend session it is highly recommended.

Summary 2021

Unit name Reserve System Planning
Unit code KGA532
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences

Vanessa Adams

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes


Discuss system purposes, priorities, and methods that have guided the establishment of the Australian National Reserve System.


Apply systematic conservation planning methods to identify spatial conservation priorities.


Analyse government-driven and collaborative processes for identifying protected areas.



Teaching Pattern

On-line resources, practical planning activities and discussions


AT1 - Discussion posts (online) (20%)

AT 2 - Report (50%)

AT3 - Case Study (30%)

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