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BZ5480 - Restoration Ecology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to students admitted to the Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Master of Science,M Master of Science (Professional), Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice or Master of Development Practice.

This subject will focus on developing student appreciation and understanding for one of the most important processes involved in wildlife ecology: the mitigation and restoration of impacts of habitat loss and landscape change. Habitat loss is one of the main drivers of species extinction facing much of the tropical world (and, indeed, other areas). Alleviating the potential impact of habitat loss requires restoring previously degraded natural systems and re-instating ecological processes. This subject will introduce students to this problem and focus on its solution. The subject will address the theoretical basis of restoration, its practical application and the ecological techniques (and evidence) for how wildlife populations (both plant and animal) change in response to restoration efforts.

There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • explain the general theory of restoration ecology and its practical application in restoration projects;
  • implement monitoring and ecological survey techniques to assess key site factors important to site restoration and to measure restoration progress;
  • develop a restoration plan that is underpinned by restoration ecology theory and is also implementable in practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > Presentations - (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (50%)
  • Invigilated > Centrally-administered final exam - (30%).
Students enrolling in this subject should have basic knowledge in ecological theory, an understanding of botanical and zoological terminology and organisation, and skills in experimental design and analysis. Students should have completed equivalents for BS1007, BZ1005 and SC5202 or equivalents.


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Lori Lach.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 26 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.