- 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 , Biodiversity Conservation
This course includes on campus activities between 7-18 Sept. Check timetable. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.
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.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Design sampling strategies and collect a diversity of data that describe the biophysical attributes and processes of ecosystems
- Critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of a range of field sampling techniques and survey designs
- 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
- Quizzes based on required reading (20) [LO 2,3]
- Group Work (Task A: Group reflections, Task B: Data Management) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Research design - soil-landscapes (20) [LO 3]
- Wildlife Survey (10) [LO 3]
- Reflective Learning Journal (30) [LO 1,2,3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 65 hours of contact delivered intensively over 2 weeks comprising: lectures, practicals and field excursions. This also includes a 5 day compulsory field trip at the Kioloa Coastal Campus
- Approximately 65 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThere is no prescribed text. Reading material will be provided throughout the course.
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- 6 units
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