Course Title: Monitor biodiversity

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: ENVI5063C

Course Title: Monitor biodiversity

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5161 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact: Nevil Schultz

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4221

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 100

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

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

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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

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

Details of Learning Activities

Analyse Action Statements on listed flora & fauna

Describe the Role of Biodiversity Monitoring in Action Plans

Species Recovery Action statement  Analysis

Design a monitoring protocol as a part of a large-scale national park biodiversity monitoring program

Write an application to survey fauna & flora in a national park

Write an updated flora & fauna species list for a survey site within a national park

Write a report on survey results for three  monitoring sites within a national park

Maintain field data in a field log book

Liase with national park officers on a field monitoring survey

Teaching Schedule

Monitor Biodiversity Class & Field Work Schedule, Semester 2  2010

WeekTopic Learning ActivityAssessment
 1 Introduction to Biodiversity & Problems of Biodiversity Loss  
 2 Listing of rare & threatened species Action Statement Analysis I 
 3Action Statements & Recovery plans,  FFG & EPBC
Land For Wildlife
 Action Statement Analysis II 
 4 Preparations for Monitoring Setting out a monitoring protocolSubmit Action Statement Analysis
 5 Causal Factors for biodiversity lossPermit Invasive species,Encroachment Applications for Species Monitoring 

 Biodiversity loss through fragmentation, islandisation, hybridisation

 Write out permit Application 
 7 Wildlife Corridors, Captive Breeding  Permit Application due
 8 Morphological & Genetic Variation within populations  
 9 National park biodiversity management monitoring methods Preparation for  national park field monitoring week 
 10 National park biodiversity management management methods  national park site updated flora & fauna report due
 11 Semester Break  
 12 Grampians Field Monitoring Week Consultation with ranger, week-long flora & fauna survey at three sites 
 13 Alleviating Biodiversity Loss, Species reintroduction. Inbreeding depression & outbreeding, Rare alleles, Seed banks  
 14 Repositories for biodiversity data, updating biodiversity data  Field Monitoring Report due
 15 Adaptive Management techniques that employ biodiversity data  log book due

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Burgmann, M. & Lindenmayer, D. (2003) Conservation Biology New, T.R., (2000)  Conservation Biology - An Introduction for Southern Australia, Oxford University Press  

Other Resources

Will be notified in schedule class time

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Action Statement Analysis, Incorporates Listing Status, FFG & EBPC acts

Biodiversity Monitoring Permit Application

National park Flora and Fauna species list for three monitoring sites

National park field monitoring report

Field log book

Assessment Matrix

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