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BZ5480 - Restoration Ecology

[Not offered in 2023]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to students admitted to Postgraduate Science, Research Methods, Development Practice and Global Development courses.

Habitat degradation is one of the main drivers of species extinction facing much of the tropical world (and, indeed, other areas). Restoring habitat is one of the most important processes in ecology. The subject addresses the theoretical basis of restoration, practicalities of restoration application, ecological techniques for achieving restoration goals, and methods for monitoring ecological responses to restoration. This subject draws on contemporary examples from across a range of land use histories, degrading processes, and ecosystem types.

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;
  • write a competitive funding proposal for a small restoration project.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Project plan - (40%) - Individual.
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.

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.