Course Title: Monitor biodiversity

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5161 Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Title: Monitor biodiversity

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2010

Course Contact: Nevil Schultz

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4221

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course covers the process of monitoring biodiversity. Changes may lead to the monitoring of critical biological and physical factors and interactions that give a basis to make
corrective changes in a natural area. Monitoring biodiversity requires a knowledge of ecology, plant and animal classification, monitoring systems for flora, fauna and micro-organism populations, threats to
places of natural significance, accepted scientific processes and international, national and local standards and Codes of Practice.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Before undertaking this course, students are advised to have completed the Course:  Manage Natural Area Restoration Programs

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

RTD4504A Monitor biodiversity


Monitor Biodiversity

Observations are made according to monitoring plan and to
enterprise procedures.
3.2 Data is recorded to monitoring plan and database requirements.
3.3 Location and times of observations are recorded to enterprise
3.4 OHS requirements are followed to legislative requirements and
enterprise policies and procedures.

Prepare Equipment & Resources

2.1 Appropriate certificates, licenses and authorisations are
obtained according to enterprise and legislative requirements.
2.2 Equipment required for monitoring is sourced according to
enterprise procedures.
2.3 Equipment and personnel are transported to monitoring sites
without injury or damage according to enterprise procedures.
2.4 Equipment is installed and protected from weather conditions
according to manufacturer's specifications, safety and enterprise
2.5 Equipment and monitoring procedures are tested in field
conditions to enterprise and manufacturers' requirements.

Review data

Records of monitored data are examined for consistency and
accuracy within requirements of the monitoring plan.
4.2 Records are assessed to determine whether the observations
and measurements are addressing factors and issues consistent
with the monitoring plan.
4.3 Monitoring techniques are adjusted to overcome any deficiency
or reported to enterprise procedures for adjustment to
monitoring plan.

Select Monitoring Techniques

1.1 Monitoring operations are selected to obtain required data
described in monitoring plan and enterprise requirements.
1.2 Range of likely operating conditions, hazards and
difficult/sensitive environments are assessed for impact on
1.3 Alternative land, sea and air operations are considered to collect
data in line with enterprise procedures.
1.4 Operations are trialed to test monitoring scheme for reliability,
timeline and safety.

Learning Outcomes

This is a competency based course

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include Reports, Assignments, Tests and maintaing a log book