Course Title: Plan river restoration works

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: ENVI5078C

Course Title: Plan river restoration works

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

Helen Corney
Telephone: 99254932

Nominal Hours: 150

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 planning of river restoration works and defines the standard required to: restoration strategies are checked for compliance and discussed with client; develop erosion and sediment control measures; follow industry guidelines to establish fauna habitat and vegetation species; document the strategy and submit to the relevant consent authority; prepare a detailed works plan.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

AHCNAR505A Plan river restoration works


1. Establish client need

Performance Criteria:

1.1. The client expectations is discussed and confirmed.
1.2. Current impacting legislation and policies are explained to the client.
1.3. Possible strategies are discussed with the client and the best option confirmed in writing.


2. Develop the strategy to utilise restoration works

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Property ownership and boundaries are confirmed by checking maps and titles.
2.2. Profiles of river sections are determined from survey and aerial photographs.
2.3. Erosion control measures are developed and are consistent with industry principles and selection criteria.
2.4. Sediment control measures are developed consistent with industry principles and selection criteria.
2.5. Fauna habitats are developed following industry recommendations.
2.6. Vegetation species utilised within restoration project comply with industry guidelines.
2.7. River restoration strategies are established and documented in co-operation with the client and relevant consent authority.


3.Prepare a detailed works plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Selection criteria for earthwork structures or measures are checked against industry guidelines.
3.2. Habitat enhancement strategies checked against industry guidelines.
3.3. Plan is prepared according to enterprise guidelines and industry best practice.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will be engaged in the following learning activities:

Class based lectures


Field work - teacher directed
                    - student directed

Practical sessions

Project work

Teaching Schedule

Date of classTopic                                                                                          
11th July                                Intro’ - Why restore?
Defining rivers
The components of a river.
18th July Processes/Geomorphology
25th July Geomorphology/In-stream issues.
1st August Riparian management.
8th August Relevant legislation
Industry guidelines
15th August Client needs, scenarios, strategies
22nd August Field Trip - Back Creek
River restoration works
29th August

 Preparing for restoration
Review of Assessment 1.

5th SeptemberNO CLASS - work on Assessment 1.
12th September Field Trip - Damper Creek
19th September Assessment review in class
26th September Semester Break
3rd October Field Trip - Melbourne Water - River Restoration
10th October NO CLASS - Wonthaggi Camp
17th October Group meetings to discuss restoration plans
- compulsory attendance required.
24th OctoberTest revision
31st OctoberAssessment 2 - Test
7th November

Assessment 1 due.
Class presentations.

14th NovemberEnd Semester


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A Rehabilitation Manual for Australian Streams Volumes 1 & 2
Rutherfurd, I.D., Jerie, K. and Marsh, N.
Cooperative Research Centre for Catchment Hydrology
Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation 2000  

Technical Guidelines for Waterway Management  


Water in the Environment

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include practical assessment, project work, reports, tests and assignments

Assessment Tasks


                            - Report due and Presentations on November 7th

                            - this is graded task

Assessment 2 - TEST on underpinning knowledge, common terms, current policies and legislation, restoration techniques

                            - this will not be graded but assessed as CA or NYC

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Breakdown of nominal hours:

Face to face teaching: 36 hours

Fieldwork - teacher directed: 14 hours

Fieldwork - student directed (to prepare for major assignment): 50 hours

Study time for preparation of assignment and presentation, and revision for test.: 50 hours

Please note that Turnitin software may be used to check the originality of submitted work

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