Landscape Conservation and Recreation
Postgraduate | TAS-KGA527 | 2024
- Study method
- Online & on-campus
- 100% online
- Entry requirements
- No ATAR needed,
- No prior study
- 14 weeks
- Start dates
- 26 Feb 2024
Landscape Conservation and Recreation
About this subject
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Construct inventories for geodiversity for heritage, tourism and conservation purposes
- Evaluate land degradation and vulnerability of geodiversity elements and values
- Recommend appropriate infrastructure, experiences, and management options for geodiversity elements using decision-support tools
- Communicate geodiversity values to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences
- Scientific values assessment
- Geosites - scientific values assessment
- Impacts and degradation
- Additional values, secondary geodiversity, and geotourism
- Introduction to geotourism
- Making complex decisions in geotourism
- Geotourism valorisation and experience interpretation
- Sustainable development goals
- Rare, special and wonderful
- Geoparks and geotourism
- Communicating geoheritage and geotourism
Conservation efforts globally are focussed primarily on biodiversity, but geodiversity elements and features such as soils, rivers, mountains and caves provide humans with a wealth of ecosystem services and enjoyment. In this subject, you will learn about how to recognise geodiversity elements as critical system supports for biodiversity and ecosystem function, and to appreciate their cultural and recreational value for society. Using a series of masterclasses with global experts (in-field, in person or online), you will be immersed in the practices of 'geoconservation' and 'geotourism'. With no prior knowledge or skills required, you will develop skills as a communicator and conservation professional, and learn how to:
- Rank and assess geodiversity elements (as 'subjects' of conservation) and features in terms of their rarity, uniqueness, importance to science and society,
- Construct inventories of abiotic, biotic and cultural elements and values for recreation and reserve establishment
- Undertake in-field degradation assessments of landscapes used by humans for tourism and production
- Recommend management strategies to restore landscape features and values for human enjoyment and wilderness protection
- Undertake decision-making in a range of modes – graphical, consensus methods, GIS methods and qualitative methods.
- Communicate landscape features and conservation strategies to a broad range of audiences.
Any student interested in how to undertake conservation practice, curate heritage, assess landscape suitability for tourism and other ventures, or to communicate natural values will find KGA527 useful. All skills and knowledge required to successfully complete KGA527 are developed within the subject.
- Test or Quiz (10%)
- Case or Problem Activated Learning (30%)
- Assignment (30%)
- E-Media/Podcasts (30%)
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You won't be able to enrol into this subject if you've already successfully completed or currently enrolled in the following subject(s) as they are considered anti-requisites due to the similarity of the content.
- Travel requirements - For face-to-face mode (or any interested online students) - A three-day in-field camp to northern Tasmania will be scheduled in week 7 of the semester. The cost of this camp; which includes 5 meals per day; transport; accommodation and entry fees are $110. In the event of travel or pandemic-related restrictions; suitable equivalent online or local field trips will be offered as a substitute for the camp.
- Other requirements - Access to a computer with a generous download and streaming allowance, and at least 20 GB of hard drive space is absolutely essential for maximal success in this unit. Please contact the unit coordinator if this will be a problem for you.
- 0.125 EFTSL
- This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
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