- Code ENVS6218
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
Course delivered from 2-13 September 2019. This course is full. To go on the waiting list please email email@example.com
Environmental science and environmental management professionals 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 important field training for those students concurrently enrolled in ENVS6201 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology and/or ENVS6223 Sustainable Agricultural Systems, for each of which it is strongly recommended.
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. Design sampling strategies and collect a diversity of data that describe the biophysical attributes and processes of ecosystems
2. Critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of a range of field sampling techniques and survey designs
3. Demonstrate advanced capacity to select appropriate data collection methodology, design appropriate sampling strategies and communicate synthesised findings about ecosystem patterns, processes and resource management impacts to a range of audiences
There are additional field trip fees of approximately $400 applicable to participation in this course (payment to ANU Science Shop).
As required please contact the Fenner School of Environment & Society at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a permission code to enrol in this course
Indicative Assessment1. Field Learning Journal including reflections on at least two scientific papers (30%) [LO 1,2,3]
2. Small group presentation (30%) [LO 1,2,3]
3. Quiz based on required reading (30%) [LO 2,3]
4. Participation (10%) [LO3]
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WorkloadA total of 130 hours, including: an intensive 5-day (40 hour) field component at the ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus during the September teaching break; 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
Prescribed TextsThere is no prescribed text. Reading material will be provided throughout the course.
Preliminary ReadingRequired readings will be posted on the Course Wattle page early Semester 2.
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