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Backyard Biodiversity KPZ006


Biodiversity is a critical component of sustainable living and is central to several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. At a local scale, biodiversity is important for healthy and sustainable living, and due to the complexity of biodiversity issues in urban areas, requires well informed and strategic management. Focusing on the biodiversity present in urban areas, especially your own backyard, you will learn about the importance of biodiversity to human and ecosystem health and how biodiversity supports sustainable living. You will develop skills and knowledge in identification, quantification and management of both vertebrate and invertebrate biodiversity, and learn how to modify your environment to facilitate greater biodiversity.


Unit name Backyard Biodiversity
Unit code KPZ006
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Biological Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Emily Flies
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Winter school (late) Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic
Online 11 Week Session Feb Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (extended) 30/10/2023 22/11/2023 26/12/2023 18/2/2024
Winter school (late) 19/6/2023 7/7/2023 31/7/2023 10/9/2023
11 Week Session Feb 30/1/2023 15/2/2023 9/3/2023 16/4/2023

* 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 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain biodiversity and its relationship with sustainability using the sustainable development goals.
  • Quantify the biodiversity and habitat present in your local environment
  • Propose habitat modification/s that can increase biodiversity in your local environment
  • Apply biodiversity skills and concepts to inform the local management of biodiversity
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

This unit is designed for fully online delivery, with a new Module released every two weeks. 

AssessmentQuizzes (x5) (30%)|Assessment Task 4: Backyard biodiversity management plan - (30%)|Assessment Task 2: Backyard biodiversity assessment (20%)|Assessment Task 3: Backyard habitat assessment (20%)
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