ENVT5505 Biodiversity and Landscapes
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 Albany Face to face
- An education (and interpretation) component is considered fundamental to the ecotourism experience, and is recognised as one of the three key core criteria that defines ecotourism. This unit aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop interpretative material aimed at facilitating an understanding of the natural environment. It entails a detailed evolutionary and taxonomic coverage of all major (and some minor) groups of animals and plants. For plants, particular attention is paid to the Western Australian flora. Students explore differences and similarities in form and function among phyla, and assign biota observed or collected in the field to selected taxonomic levels based on distinguishing characteristics. Students also learn how flora and fauna interact with the abiotic landscape.
- Students are able to (1) demonstrate a knowledge of, and the ability to discriminate between major groups of plants and animals found in a variety of ecosystems; (2) document patterns of biodiversity and landscapes through means of observation and hands-on sampling and surveying of local flora, fauna and geology; (3) prepare appropriate interpretation material on aspects of biodiversity for an ecotourism enterprise; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of the importance of cultural aspects of biodiversity.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a practical field assessment (individual); (2) an interpretation report (individual); and (3) reflective journal (individual). Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Harriet Paterson
- Unit rules
- enrolment in the Master of Ecotourism (73510)
equivalent as determined by the unit coordinator
- Contact hours
- lectures/field work/labs: approx. 55–60 hours
Clarke, I and Lee, H. Name that Flower: the Identification of Flowering Plants: Melbourne University Press 2003
Hickman, C. P., Roberts, L. S. and Larson, A. Animal Biodiversity: McGraw Hill 2003
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.