Courses & Units

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 Zoology
Coordinator Doctor Emily Flies
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
11 Week Session Feb 31/1/2022 16/2/2022 10/3/2022 17/4/2022
Spring school (extended) 31/10/2022 23/11/2022 27/12/2022 19/2/2023
Winter school (late) 20/6/2022 8/7/2022 1/8/2022 11/9/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the value of biodiversity using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Quantify the biodiversity and habitat present in your local environment
  • Create solutions for living in biodiverse environments
  • Develop the skills to manage the biodiversity of your local environment
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010900 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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Teaching Pattern

Fully online

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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