ARID ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION FIELD COURSE A

ENV2AEC

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

ENV2AEC introduces students to the arid ecosystems of Australia, the ecological impacts of land use and application of field research techniques. The subject examines the soils, terrestrial plants and animal communities of arid Australia in a restoration ecology and conservation context.  It is suitable for anyone interested in a career in science and the environment. The subject is conducted online and in the field. 

Pre-trip readings are provided online and assessed via quizzes and group assignments. The fieldwork component comprises a seven-day field trip based at Calperum Station in eastern South Australia. Students undertake team-based research projects, attend excursions and evening presentations designed to develop their understanding of arid ecosystems and their management. The trip culminates with students delivering group presentations on their research work. Post-field trip commitment involves the preparation of an individual scientific report on the field project. 

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEwen Silvester

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ENV3AEC, WEM2ARZ, WEM3ARZ

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Quota due to limited accommodation at Falls Creek. Merit based on academic performance.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Collect and analyse data in the field in order to answer various ecological questions

Activities:
Field trip project
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Distinguish elements of effective teamwork and group formation and apply these to perform a group task collaboratively; critically evaluate their own and whole group behaviour

Activities:
Teamwork module and contribution to group project
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills

03. Write a scientific report related to a field-based project in accordance with professional and ethical standards

Activities:
Post-field trip written report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Understand the concepts and practical issues associated with ecological restoration of disturbed habitats and species conservation

Activities:
Field trip project, restoration plan, written report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Identify field techniques appropriate for particular tasks and employ some of those methods in the field

Activities:
Field trip project
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

06. Develop a group public presentation

Activities:
Group presentation of field trip research project
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

07. Demonstrate knowledge of the environments of Calperum Station and of the arid environments of Australia and identify abiotic and biotic characteristics of these areas

Activities:
Group presentation and Post-field trip written report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

08. Demonstrate knowledge of different kinds of ethical approaches to problems and apply them to analysis of disputed environmental issues. Understand the potential ethical issues inherent within biological research and develop approaches to avoid or minimise impacts.

Activities:
Group preparation of an animal ethics application for planned research
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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