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|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|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|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|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|
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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).
- 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|
1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.
Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.
|Assessment||Quizzes (x5) (30%)|Assessment Task 4: Backyard biodiversity management plan - (30%)|Assessment Task 2: Backyard biodiversity assessment (20%)|Assessment Task 3: Backyard habitat assessment (20%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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