Course Title: Develop a management plan for a designated area

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: ENVI5101C

Course Title: Develop a management plan for a designated area

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5367 - 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


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop a management plan for a designated area.
This unit applies to land managers who are responsible for the development of management strategies and the documentation of management plans with a defined emphasis on flora or fauna and covering the range of biodiversity present in a designated area.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

AHCLPW501 Develop a management plan for a designated area


1. Define the need for a management plan

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify management plan objectives for the designated area

1.2 Consult with client to achieve agreement on brief

1.3  Identify planning team, including specialists and consultants


2. Undertake preliminary planning activities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify major stakeholders

2.2 Ascertain availability of specialists to assist in management planning work and prepare contracts

2.3 Establish timelines for development of the management plan and reporting arrangements to client

2.4  Identify resources required for the development of management strategies


3. Prepare a site description

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and map landscape values of the area

3.2 Identify and map physical features and characteristics of the area

3.3 Research land uses and determine and record their effects on the designated area

3.4 Assess and document physical condition of site including civil design concepts, where relevant

3.5  Document biological characteristics of the site including the existence of native and pest fauna and flora populations, habitat requirements for fauna, seasonal and nutritional influences on lifecycles


4. Analyse site information and description

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Evaluate information in terms of core principles and objectives

4.2 Produce site plans, technical reports and maps

4.3 Determine priorities and key conservation issues

4.4 Prepare longitudinal projections of continuing impacts

4.5 Assess land capability

4.6 Identify and document opportunities and constraints to meeting planning objectives and goals

4.7  Present to stakeholders and incorporate feedback into planning documentation


5. Identify management strategies

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify management strategies that address defined objectives

5.2 Design management strategies to alleviate existing impacts, pests, and diseases or to target management actions

5.3 Cost and compare management strategies to existing budgets and available resources

5.4 Plan staging of work to prioritise outcomes and management resource allocation

5.5  Consult with stakeholders and incorporate feedback into planning documentation


6. Prepare the management plan

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Document site information and management strategies into a draft management plan for consultation

6.2 Consult with stakeholders and clients

6.3  Make changes to the draft plan and prepare and present a final plan to client

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

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

The Course requires students to become familiar 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

5th July

 Define the need for a Management Plan (1)

Introduction: Why do we need a management plan?



Week 2

12th July

Field Trip to ‘designated area’.




Site Visit 1


Week 3

19th July


Plans for Barmah F/T

Intro to Assessment 1:

Barmah Forest & wetlands Case Study


Hurdle task 1:

Management options for a designated area (Murundaka)

(Discussion / Debate)


Week 4

26th July

Field Trip  Wed 26th-Friday 28th: Barmah


3 Day Field Trip to Barmah Forest and wetlands (26-27-28th July)

Week 5

2nd August


Barmah Review


Intro to Assessment 2: Existing Conditions


Week 6

9th  August


Field Trip to Koroit Ck, Melton (Morning)


Undertake preliminary planning activities  (1):

Assessing stakeholders and their interest in the site

Prepare a site description (1)

Assessing and mapping landscape values




Site visit 2 Kororoit Ck


Assessment 1: Due 13th August

Barmah Forest & Wetlands Case Study:


Week 7

16th August

Prepare a site description (2)

Documenting existing conditions


Digital mapping workshop:

Accessing and creating maps



Week 8

23th August

Site visit 2 (If necessary)

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

6th September

Analyse site information and description (2)

Issues and priorities in light of land capability.

Cultural heritage issues.



Week 10

13th September

Student directed learning (Non attendance)

Working on Ass 2: Existing Conditions




Assessment 2: Due 17th September

Existing Conditions (Site Assessment)

Week 11

20th September


Identify Management strategies


Hurdle Task 2: Identify management strategies 20th Sept

Week 12

27th September

Costing works

Prepare the Management Plan (1)

Putting it all together.

DSE style editing guides

Desktop publishing hints


Week 13

4th October

Prepare the Management Plan (2)

Staging works (2).

Costing works (2)

Incorporating stakeholder feedback


Week 14

11th October

Student directed study

(Working on Draft Plan)

Assessment 3A (Draft Plans) due:

15th October

Week 15

18th October

Feedback on Draft Management Plans

Management Plan preparation



Week 16

25th October

Student directed study

(Working on Final Plan)

Assessment 3B: Management Plan due:

29th  October





















Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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

Overview of Assessment

Asassessment for this course may include site assessments, management reports, individual and group project work

Assessment Tasks

ASSESSMENT 1: Barmah Forest & Wetlands Case Study (25%)

Due 13th 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: 17th September

 EXISTING CONDITIONS (Site Assessment / Description) (35%)

You should ‘populate’ the following criteria covering existing conditions at your site. Many of these will be completed as class exercises or group work. You will be able to later adapt this ‘existing conditions’ report to your final management plan.

  1. The Area and its Boundaries (best illustrated on a map)Access and regional context (best illustrated on a map)2. 
  2. Tenure and Conservation Status.
  3. History and development.
  4. Physical features
  5. Climate
  6. Vegetation
  7. Fauna
  8. Recreation


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

Due: 15th October 


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




Assessment Matrix


AssessmentTitleDue DateValue
Assessment 1Barmah Case Study13th August25%
Assessment 2Existing Conditions17th September35%
Assessment 3A & 3B

Draft Master Plan

Final Management Plan

15th October (3A)

29th October (3B)












Other Information

A 3 day Field trip to Barmah Forest & Wetlands will take place 26th-28th July 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.

Assessment information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilises graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (50 – 59%)
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (reports, assignments etc.)

  • Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.
  • APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.
  • For missed assessments such as tests and field trips- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of the assessment

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