Course Title: Plan river restoration works

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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

Sally Heeps

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

Learning activities will include lectures, guest speakers and field trips.

Teaching Schedule

1 10/7/205 Introduction to unit
What are the values of Riparian land?
Erosion of Riparian land –
Types and some fixes
2 17/7/2015 Speaker from Geofabrics
Erosion and revegetation
3 24/7/2015 Field Trip to Bunyip – all day  
4 31/7/2015 Riparian Legacy – Assessing flora
Assessing water quality and riparian health
RARC Rapid Assessment Riparian Condition
Assessment Task One due
5 7/8/2015 Site visit to Plenty River (first site assessment)
Assessment Task Two: site visit
6 14/8/2015 Riparian Legacy – how to manage sites
Research field site, complete JSA, potential issues and question for land manager
7 21/8/2015 Site visit to second site assessment
Preliminary visit to Major Study site PowerPoint, Field equipment, recording sheets, fauna & flora field guides Assessment Task Two site visit
8 28/8/2015 Site visit to second site assessment
Preliminary visit to Major Study site, Assessment Task Two site visit
9 4/9/2015 No class –Mid Semester Break  
10 11/9/2015 Riparian Legacy – Erosion
Sedimentation, channel geometry, restoring natural geometry.
Sediment controls
Note: Full day
Assessment Task Two due
11 18/9/2015 Field trip to Major Study site
Survey Work to be completed
12 25/9/2015 Study site evaluation  
13 2/10/2015 Study site evaluation  
14 09/10/15 Working on assessment task three Class activities
Note: pm class
Assessment Task Three due
15 16/10/15 Restoration Strategy/development of works plan  
16 23/10/2015 Restoration Strategy/development of works plan


17 30/10/15 Restoration Strategy/development of works plan Assessment Four due 02/11/2015

* If there is any change in this teaching schedule, students will be notified in advance during the class and also on Blackboard/myRMIT


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A rehabilitaiton manual for Australian Streams - Volume 1 and 2 Ian D. Rutherfurd, Kathryn Jerie and Nicholas Marsh


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Following Assessment tasks will be conducted during this course:

1 Field Trip Report - Report - 10%
2 Comparison of two sites  (with RARC assessments) - Assignment -20%
3  Erosion control with river profile case studies - Assignment -20%
4 Preparation of River Restoration Plan - Report -50%

Details of these assessment tasks will be provided during the class and also on myRMIT/Blackboard


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

  • Students need to pass all assessments to pass this course
  • Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.
  • 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 on the web ) at least the day 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 (form available on the Web). For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.
  • If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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