University of Technology Sydney

11183 Ecology

6cp; 4hpw (1hr lecture; 3hr tutorial), on campus; several field trips throughout semester in lieu of days on campus; one field trip will be on a Saturday in March or April (Date TBC)
Requisite(s): ( 11177 Botany OR ((11173 Landscape Architecture Studio 2 OR 11197 Landscape Architecture Studio 2) AND 11171 Landscape Architecture Studio 1: Forming))
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject introduces landscape architecture students to ecological thinking, including methods for viewing, experiencing and understanding nature and natural systems.

Throughout the semester the geology, soil, and vegetation types of greater Sydney is presented via in-person lectures and several field excursions.

Students are exposed to ecology as a scientific enterprise and body of knowledge (as well as the related fields of geology & botany). Other methods for engaging with nature may be included, such as Aboriginal understandings of Country. Consideration is given to how these differing cultural perspectives shape our relationship to nature.

Threats to natural systems are outlined, as well as various management strategies may be discussed, including the use of landscape architecture as a vehicle for custodianship of the non-human world.

Teaching combines on-campus lectures and tutorials with several field excursions. These trips enable students to experience, observe and analyse ecological communities to begin to understand biotic and abiotic associations and relationships that occur in nature.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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