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 Plant Science
Coordinator Doctor Penelope Jones
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Spring school (extended) Off-Campus Domestic
Hobart 11 Week Session Oct Off-Campus Domestic
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (extended) 25/10/2021 17/11/2021 20/12/2021 13/2/2022
11 Week Session Oct 27/9/2021 14/10/2021 4/11/2021 12/12/2021
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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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 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010905 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3

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4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP

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Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentQuizzes (x6) (30%)|Assignment 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%)
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