Course Title: Develop a management plan for a designated area

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: NONE9894C

Course Title: Develop a management plan for a designated area

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5142 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact : Bruce Partland

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99258323

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Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for this Course.

Course Description

This competency standard covers the process of developing a
management plan for a designated natural resource area. It requires the
ability to define the need for a management plan, undertake preliminary
planning activities, prepare a site description, analyse site information,
identify management strategies and prepare the management plan.
Developing a management plan for a natural resource area requires
knowledge of management planning principles and issues, basic civil
design, environmental assessment, survey and analysis techniques,
native fauna and flora, pest plant and animals, revegetation techniques,
wildlife habitats, and soil, plant and water testing processes and

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

RTC5504A Develop a management plan for a designated area

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Formal lectures,  workshops and field trips  held on Fridays throughout the Semester will support the student’s self-guided research into aspects of the production of a professional management plan. Students will work as an integral part of a team- it is the team which will decide the aspect of research required by each of its members. Emphasis will be placed on the development of responsible and regular interaction with the team and the instructor, both in team meetings and engagement with the co-authoring technology introduced in class. Peer-assessment of each student’s contribution will form an important element of the final assessment mark. The students engagement with the completed management plan will be tested in a major essay where they will assess a range of development scenarios against the recommendations of the management plan. 
In some cases students may have to travel independently to the site in question.

Teaching Schedule

 1 17/7

 Defining the need for a management plan1:Introduction to Management Plans
Working in Teams
Working with Wiki’s

 Students choose a Management Plan for Report
 2 24/7

 Defining the need for a management plan 2: Workshop
Intro to management plan template
Undertake preliminary planning activities: Timelines and stakeholders

 Teams established
Roles and Timelines established
Introduction to Werribee Park management plan
 3 31/7 All day Field Trip to Werribee Park: Preparing a site description
Identifying management strategies
 Assignment 1 Due: Report on a Management Plan
 4 7/8 Site visits 1: Preparing a site description 
 5 14/8  Site nomination; Objectives; Stakeholders; Timelines; Resources required
 6 21/8  
 7 28/8 Site visits 2 
 8 4/9  
 9 11/9  
 10 18/9 Site visits 3 
 11 21/9 Term break 
 12 2/10  
 13 9/10 Grampians Field Trip No class
 14 16/10  
 15 23/10 Work Placement 
 16 30/10  Final report due
Peer assessment due

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Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • minimum weekly engagement with co-authoring technology
  • an individual report on a management plan
  • peer-assessed engagement in team-based discussions and tasks
  • peer and instructor assessed contribution to team-generated Major Report
  • major essay

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