EM551 Ecosystem Rehabilitation

Updated: 13 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
01 July 2019 06 July 2019 Mandatory All on campus and online students must attend the Intensive School. Ability to enrol in this unit will be removed approx two days prior to the commencement of this mandatory intensive school.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EM351

For on campus and online students teaching will include lectures, tutorials, and practicals including a 2-day field trip. All students will have online access to unit materials, including topic notes and guided readings, and Powerpoint presentations.

Combined Units EM351 - Ecosystem Rehabilitation
Coordinator(s) Deborah Bower (dbower3@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit provides a theoretical and practical basis for the rehabilitation of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems following a range of types of disturbance. The unit addresses theoretical concepts of ecosystem rehabilitation such as disturbance, ecosystem resilience and successional theories as well as policy and social considerations in the rehabilitation of ecosystems. The applied aspects of the unit will focus on a stepwise rehabilitation procedure that has broad application. A number of case studies involving research, government agency and private industry projects will be used to link theoretical and applied aspects of the unit. The practical components focus on the assessment of a range of rehabilitation projects (mine site, wetland, riverine, agricultural and forestry), the development of a rehabilitation plan and presentation of research findings in a seminar.

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Ecological Restoration

ISBN: 9781610911689
Clewell, A.F. and Aronson, J., Island Press 2nd ed. 2013

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Practical Report 30% 1500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Rehabilitation Plan 20% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Topic Review 50% 2500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the theoretical and conceptual framework, resulting from reading and research experience, underpinning the rehabilitation of aquatic and terrestrial systems;
  2. demonstrate the ability to critically analyse, research and apply established theories by designing, implementing, and monitoring a rehabilitation plan;
  3. apply an advanced practical knowledge of equipment and methods commonly used in rehabilitation projects, and use this knowledge to critically assess existing and proposed projects;
  4. demonstrate autonomy and expert judgement as well as an advanced understanding of how this knowledge can be used to wisely manage disturbed systems in an ecologically sustainable manner; and
  5. interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas within this discipline to specialist and non-specialist audiences in written and verbal formats.