Course Title: Manage fauna populations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2022

Course Code: ENVI5115C

Course Title: Manage fauna populations

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.

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School: 530T Built Environment and Sustainability

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5418 - Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Course Contact: Thierry Demathieu

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8359

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Joce Sebastian Buckingham

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


Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to prepare a fauna management plan, including controlling or maintaining fauna populations.

The course applies to individuals who manage natural areas, and technical specialists who manage and provide advice on fauna populations.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

AHCFAU501 Manage fauna populations


1. Assess fauna populations

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Conduct surveys for distribution, ecology, viability, genetic diversity and threats

1.2 Determine increase or decrease in species population size and range

1.3 Assess desirability of the population change and impact on immediate environment

1.4 Assess condition of the environment and habitats for ongoing support of species

1.5 Research species numbers in other locations to determine significance of local population

1.6 Assess attitudes of stakeholders to the species to determine acceptable range of population management options

1.7 Complete a cost/benefit analysis of population management options


2. Prepare management plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop plan of management from assessment

2.2 Prepare submissions for funding to implement management plan

2.3 Reconcile costs of plan for management against available funds


3. Control or maintain fauna population

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop plan to manage species using a series of intervention measures according to resource constraints and legislative requirements

3.2 Implement measures to manage population

3.3 Obtain permits for population management according to legislative requirements

3.4 Inform stakeholders and staff about population management measures

3.5 Ensure management measures comply with workplace health and safety, animal welfare, biosecurity and environmental sustainability policies and procedures

3.6 Ensure staff are trained and comply with licensing requirements for managing population

3.7 Manage incidents with species according to legislative, workplace health and safety and public safety requirements

3.8 Monitor and adjust management plan and record results in accordance with legislative and workplace requirements

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. 

Details of Learning Activities

face to face classes

field trips

group work

online activities

Teaching Schedule

Week No.

Week Starting

Learning activity





Week 1

Biological classification – vertebrates


Vertebrate Identification

Class work - Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians




Week 2

Threatened species, definitions and legislation


Make your own Dichotomous key for Wonthaggi Fauna Camp




Scope for Vertebrate Survey

Vertebrate Identification

Class work - Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians

Accessing habitat information




Vertebrate Survey:

  • Scope for Vertebrate Survey
  • OH&S for field work
  • Research and collation of background information for vertebrate study


Animal Ethics







Wonthaggi Fauna Camp





Data  analysis and presentation






Data  analysis and presentation





Assess Fauna Population




Assess Fauna Population




Fauna Population Management Plan



Mid Semester Break, no classes

Thursday 14th  April to Wed 20th  April




Fauna Population Management Plan






Fauna Population Management Plan





Fauna Population Management Plan






Appointment only




Appointment only



The above delivery plan is to be used as a guide only and is correct at time of distribution. Sessions may be deferred and/or cancelled.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your written tasks. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS. 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Assess Fauna Population

Assessment 2: Fauna Population Management Plan

Assessment 3: Maintain Fauna Population

Assessment Matrix


Unit Code AHCFAU501 Unit Title Manage fauna populations

Date Competency Assessment Map completed/revised 19/01/2022

Position of the person/s who mapped assessments to the unit Assessor, Senior Assessment Writer

Approved by Thierry Demathieu

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study Support: 

Study Support provides free learning and academic development advice to you. 
Services offered by Study Support to support your numeracy and literacy skills are: 

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice 
maths and science developmental support and advice 
English language development 

Please Refer to find more information about Study and learning Support 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Equitable Learning Services (ELS).

Late submission: 

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager. 
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted. 
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date. 

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked. 

Special consideration: 

Please Refer to find more information about special consideration 

Academic Integrity: 

"Academic integrity means acting with the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in learning, teaching and research."

It means referencing the work of others while developing your own insights, knowledge and ideas.

Breaches of academic integrity include:

  • plagiarism and failure to correctly acknowledge sources
  • contract cheating or paying/getting another person to prepare an assignment
  • submitting work prepared by another person
  • copying other people’s work
  • cheating in exams
  • breaching the Research Code
  • using unauthorised materials or devices

Please Refer: to find more information about plagiarism. 

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub and may be provided with additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. You will also use equipment and software packages in the laboratory for the project work. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts

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