Courses & Units

Living with Fire KPZ104


Living with Fire is a level-100 unit offered as part of the Diploma of Sustainable Living.

Fire has shaped the evolution of the world we see around us and is fundamental to life. Yet wildfire can also be devastating to human and ecological communities. Today, more and more of us are living in fire prone areas, and wildfires are behaving in new, less predictable ways.

So how do we live with fire - as individuals, and as communities? How do we plan for fire, and how do we respond when fires happen? How do we ensure that we are using fire in a sustainable way? What are the trade-offs involved in fire management? And what might we learn from indigenous Australians, who have used fire skilfully on this continent for over 40,000 years?

Living with Fire is for anyone interested in these complex but practical and fascinating questions about fire in our lives today. You will learn what causes fire and why wildfires behave the way they do. As well as the science of fire, you will learn about the human dimensions of fire and the complex trade-offs involved in fire management between the needs of culture and society, and ecology and biodiversity. You will learn how to evaluate your own level of fire risk and what you can do to plan for fire as an individual. You will also become more empowered to participate in conversations about how we plan for and respond to fire in our local communities.


Unit name Living with Fire
Unit code KPZ104
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Biological Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Penelope Jones
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Spring school (extended) 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
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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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 the effects of wildfire and fire management practices on biodiversity and landscapes.
  • Describe the effect of fire behaviour drivers on fire management and emergency response.
  • Analyse strategies for creating sustainable communities in fire prone environments.
  • Identify locally-appropriate options to manage individual wildfire risk.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

Fully online unit.  There are no tutorial requirements for this unit.

AssessmentAssignment 1: Fuel load, fuel structure and slope assessment (15%)|Assignment 2: Fire management strategies in your community (25%)|Assignment 3: Your personal bushfire management strategies (30%)|Quizzes (x6) (30%)
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