ENVT3360 Ecosystem Restoration

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Conservation Biology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This is the second field-based unit in the conservation biology major. The unit commences with a one-week field work component in Albany, during summer. This unit introduces students to conceptual frameworks that underlie the practice of ecological restoration. Topics covered include (1) the extent of human-induced change and damage and the need for environmental improvement; (2) definitions and the philosophy of restoration ecology, ecological restoration, reclamation and rehabilitation, phytoremediation; (3) estimating the degree of degradation using reference ecosystems; (4) setting restoration goals and identifying appropriate restoration options and tools; (5) restoration thresholds, exotic species management, single species restoration; (6) measuring and evaluating restoration success; and (7) economics of restoration and human dimensions of restoration ecology. The practical program uses case studies to evaluate the success of selected restoration projects.
Students are able to (1) understand theoretical concepts in restoration ecology; (2) understand the importance of enaging with stakeholders (govt ,NGO, landholders); (3) conduct field assessments of degraded sites; (4) conduct field assessments of restored sites and/or sites undergoing restoration; (5) analyse threatening processes for degraded sites; (6) determine approriate restoration activities for degraded sites; (7) conduct a post-project appraisal of a restoration project and report findings; and (8) produce a restoration plan for a degraded site.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) restoration planning and implementation exercise; (2) presentation of a Strategic Catchment Plan; and (3) data collection and analysis report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Peter Speldewinde and Dr Neil Pettit
Unit rules
ENVT2250 Ecology
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
ENVT2220 The Climate System
equivalent as approved by unit coordinator
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trip (estimated cost - Up to $495).
Contact hours
Block-taught in early February in Albany before the start of Semester 1 (charges: cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student); then individual or group-based meetings to assist in assessment preparations during the rest of Semester 1
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-H-1A_2019]
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