Course Title: Develop a management plan for a designated area

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: ENVI5077C

Course Title: Develop a management plan for a designated area

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5305 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bruce Partland

Nominal Hours: 200

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are none

Course Description

This unit covers developing a management plan for a designated area and defines the standard required to: discuss management plan objectives, deliverables and timeline with client; prepare a site plan detailing landscape values, physical features and characteristics, land uses (both past and present), physical condition and biological characteristics; identify land capability and conservation issues on and surrounding the site; analyse site information and description to assess feasibility of management objectives; develop and cost recommended actions and present to client for discussion as a draft management plan; consult with stakeholders and incorporate feedback into the final management plan.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

AHCLPW501A Develop a management plan for a designated area


1. Define the need for a management plan

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Management plan objectives are identified for the designated area.

1.2.Brief is agreed in consultation with client.

1.3.Planning team including specialists and consultants is identified.


2. Undertake preliminary planning activities

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Major stakeholders are identified.

2.2.Availability of specialists to assist in management planning work is ascertained and contracts are prepared where required.

2.3.Timelines for development of the management plan and reporting arrangements to client are established.

2.4.Resources required for the development of management strategies are identified.


3.Prepare a site description

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Landscape values of the area are identified and mapped.

3.2.Physical features and characteristics of the area are identified and mapped.

3.3.Land uses, including current, cultural, and historical modifications, are researched and their effects on the designated area are determined and recorded.

3.4.Physical condition of site is assessed and documented

3.5.Biological characteristics of the site are documented.


4. Analyse site information and description

Performance Criteria:

4.1.Information is evaluated in terms of core principles and objectives.

4.2.Documents are produced including plans, technical reports and maps.

4.3.Priorities and key conservation issues are determined.

4.4.Longitudinal projections of continuing impacts are prepared.

4.5.Land capability is assessed.

4.6.Opportunities and constraints to meeting planning objectives and goals are identified and documented.

4.7.Presentation to stakeholders/clients is undertaken and feedback incorporated into planning documentation.



5. Identify management strategies

Performance Criteria:

5.1.Management strategies are identified that address defined objectives.

5.2.Management strategies are designed to alleviate existing impacts or to target management actions.

5.3.Management strategies are costed and compared to existing budgets and available resources.

5.4.Staging of work is planned to prioritise outcomes and management resource allocation.

5.5.Consultation with stakeholders/clients is undertaken and feedback incorporated into planning documentation.


6. Prepare the management plan

Performance Criteria:

6.1.Site information and management strategies are documented into a draft management plan for consultation.

6.2.Consultation with stakeholders and clients is undertaken according to enterprise guidelines.

6.3.Changes are made to the draft plan, and a final plan is prepared and presented to client.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include lectures, field trips, case studies and detailed mapping activities in the Computer Room.

The Course requires students to become familar with the many pressures on public lands, and to understand the important role of planning in preserving and enhancing desirable values on those lands.
To achieve this students will be introduced to: relevant international and local Case studies; assess an actual management plan; become competent at map creation; become familiar with online resources such as DSE Interactive maps and the relevant Planning information they contain; be introduced to the DSE Management Plan template.
Students will be actively involved in the assessment of an area of public land, producing a comprehensive Site Assessment / Existing Conditions Report. Much of this work will be done in-class, after on-ground familiarization with the site.
After in-class analysis of site information, and discussion with relevant stakeholders regarding the actual or perceived Values of the site, students will identify management strategies that are likely to preserve and hopefully enhance the core values of the area.
Following this students will compile a comprehensive Draft Management Plan for the site. After comments from relevant stakeholders this ’publishable’ Plan will (along with the existing Conditions Report) form the major assessment piece for this Course.

Teaching Schedule


Lesson / Date

Lecture Topic

Assessments / Field Trips

Week 1

6th July

  1. Define the need for a Management Plan (1)

Introduction: Why do we need a management plan?


Hurdle Task 1. Review a Management Plan (Case Study)

Week 2

13th July

Field Trip to ‘designated area’.



Site Visit 1


Week 3

20nd July


Define the need for a Management Plan (2)

Types of management plans

Choosing a Site

Identifying stakeholders

Objectives of the plan

Management issues at the site

Information sources: what and where


Intro to Assessment 2: Existing Conditions


Hurdle task 1:

Review a Management Plan (Presentation)



Week 4

27th July

Undertake preliminary planning activities (1):

Assessing stakeholders and their interest in the site


Prepare a site description (1)

Assessing and mapping landscape values

Accessing and creating maps


Week 5

3rd August


Barmah Forest & Wetlands Case Study (Intro)


Plans for Barmah F/T

Intro to Assessment 1:

Barmah Forest & wetlands Case Study

Week 6

10th-12th  August


Wed-Friday: Field Trip



3 Day Field Trip to Barmah Forest and wetlands (10-11-12 August)


Week 7

17th August

Prepare a site description (2)

Documenting existing conditions

Digital mapping workshop


Assessment 1: Due 21st August

Barmah Forest & Wetlands Case Study:


Week 8

24th August

Site visit 2

Analyse site information and description (1)

Evaluating information in terms of core principles and objectives

Determining priorities in relation to land capability

Opportunities and constraints

Getting feedback




Week 9

7th September

Analyse site information and description (2)

Issues and priorities in light of land capability.

Cultural heritage issues.


Assessment 2:Due 9th September

Existing Conditions

Week 10

14th September

Issues and priorities in light of land capability

Identify Management strategies (2)




Week 11

21st September


Staging works


Hurdle Task: Identify management strategies 23rd Sept

Week 12


Costing works

Prepare the Management Plan (1)

Putting it all together.

DSE style editing guides

Desktop publishing hints


Week 13

5th October

Prepare the Management Plan (2)

Staging works (2).

Costing works (2)

Incorporating stakeholder feedback


Week 14

12th October

Student directed study

(Working on Draft Plan)

Ass 3A (Draft Plans) due:

14th October

Week 15

19th October

Feedback on Draft Management Plans

Management Plan preparation



Week 16

26th October

Student directed study

(Working on Final Plan)

Assessment 3B: Management Plan due:

28th  October





















Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Resources for this Course will be supplied, as required, on Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include reports, assignments, tests individual and group project work

Assessment Tasks

ASSESSMENT 1: Barmah Forest & Wetlands Case Study

Due 17th August

Using the online resource ‘The Living Murray story’ (Murray Darling Basin Authority) and knowledge gleaned from the range of speakers and experiences encountered on the Field Trip, provide a 1-2,000 word assessment of the management challenges and responses operating in the Barmah-Millewa Forest.


Assessment 2

 Due date: 9th September

 EXISTING CONDITIONS (Site Assessment / Description)

The Existing Conditions report should be handed in to Level 6 office in hard copy.


ASSESSMENT 3(A) Draft Master Plan for Kororoit Ck Reserve (Ungraded)

Due: 14th October) 


Using your knowledge of the Kororoit Ck site and its immediate surrounds, you should populate the DSE Management Plan 




Assessment Matrix


AssessmentTitleDue DateMarks available
Assessment 1Barmah Case Study17th August20%
Assessment 2Existing Conditions9th September30%
Assessment 3A & 3B

Draft Master Plan

Final Management Plan

14th October (3A)

28th October (3B)












Other Information

A 3 day Field trip to Barmah Forest & Wetlands will take place 10th-12th August in order to examine first hand the complexities of balancing the many management considerations bearing on an iconic protected area.

A small materials fee will apply to cover transport and accommodation costs.

You will be informed of the actual amount during the first week of class.

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