• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Environmental Science , Forest Science and Management , Resource and Environmental Management , Biodiversity Conservation
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr David Freudenberger
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS6218
  • Offered in Winter Session 2018
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This is an intensive course offered on an annual basis. The course will be delivered from 3-14 September 2018.

To work effectively as a professional in environmental science and environmental management you need to apply a range of knowledge and skills in a practical context. This course provides hands-on opportunities for you to apply your theoretical understanding to critical observation and measurement of biodiversity, biogeography, landscape ecology, soil-vegetation processes and sustainable land management. You will develop skills in describing soils and landforms, measuring vegetation patterns, identifying habitat features and detecting faunal associations. You will learn to appreciate how soils, landforms, vegetation and fauna should be considered holistically in research and decision-making. 

The course is based at the ANU Kioloa coastal campus for four nights during the second week of the mid-semester break, as well as day long field trips from the ANU Canberra campus during the first week.  You will be contributing to long-term field research informing management decisions across a range of biomes (farmland, forests, coastal and intertidal). The field work is complemented by pre-field trip workshops. 

This course develops a diversity of field skills for graduates seeking careers in all fields of natural resource management.  It provides mandatory field training for those students concurrently enrolled in ENVS2001 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology. Students enrolled in ENVS2023 Sustainable Agricultural Systems are strongly encouraged to consider enrolling in this course.

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Collect a diversity of data that describe the biophysical attributes and processes of ecosystems.

2. Recognise and understand strengths and weaknesses of a range of field sampling techniques and survey designs.

3. Demonstrate a capacity to choose appropriate data collection methodology, design appropriate sampling strategies and communicate findings about ecosystem patterns, processes and resource management impacts.

Other Information

Meals and accommodation at ANU Kioloa will cost about $400 (payment to ANU Scienceshop).

Indicative Assessment

1. Field Learning Journal 30% (LO 1-3)
2. Small group presentation 30% (LO 1-3)
3. Quiz based on required reading 30% (LO 2,3)
4. Participation 10% (LO 3)
    

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Workload

A total of 130 hours, including:  an intensive 5-day (40 hour) field component at the ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus during the September teaching break (3-14 September 2018; at least three all day field trips returning to the ANU campus each evening during the first week (24 hours),and introductory lectures and group presentations during the first week (12 hours). Plus up to 54 hours of self-study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

ENVS1004 or ENVS1001. Incompatible with ENVS6218.

Preliminary Reading

Required readings will be posted on the Course Wattle page early Semester 2. 

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
6601 03 Sep 2018 14 Sep 2018 14 Sep 2018 08 Oct 2018 In Person

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