• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr David Freudenberger
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2016
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To work effectively as a professional in environmental science and/or environmental management you need to be able 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 five nights in the mid-semester break.  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 and/or ENVS2023 Sustainable Agricultural Systems, for which it is a co-requisite.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements 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.

Indicative Assessment

1. Field Learning Journal (30%) [LO 1,2,3]
2. Small Group presentation (30%) [LO 1,2,3]
3. Online quiz based on pre-field trip required reading (30%) [LO 2,3]
4. Participation (10%) [LO3]

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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 (5-16 September 2016), preparatory workshops in the last week of term before the break (10 hours) and up to 80 hours of self study.

Preliminary Reading

There is no prescribed text. Reading material will be provided throughout the course.

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:
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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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 Class Summary
6703 05 Sep 2016 15 Aug 2016 16 Sep 2016 10 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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