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Sustainable Resource Management KLA115


The unit explores human population growth and the impending global food crisis by introducing agriculture as a managed ecosystem, from the earliest shifting cultivation systems to the most intensive systems currently practiced today. The ecological, economic and social sustainability of these systems is considered in relation to diversity, intensity of management and productivity. The unit includes field trips to contrasting agricultural production systems in the Hobart & Launceston areas to illustrate major sustainability concepts covered in the unit. Field trips are recorded and made available for flexible delivery to all students.


Unit name Sustainable Resource Management
Unit code KLA115
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Associate Professor Kara Barry
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain agricultural practices and systems in the context of sustainability.
  • Analyse concepts of social, economic, and environmental sustainability in agricultural production
  • Evaluate major ecosystem processes in agricultural systems

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050199 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $3,068.00

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Teaching Pattern

Hobart: All lectures delivered online. Tutorials and field trips delivered face-to-face.

Launceston: All lectures and some tutorials delivered online. 4 x whole-day face-to-face workshops/field trip/practicals scheduled.

Online: All lectures delivered online. Online meetings (tutorials) are scheduled once

AssessmentOnline quizzes (x5) (10%)|Final exam (20%)|Sustainability Essay (30%)|Agribusiness Field Trip Report (40%)
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