Credit points: 15
This is a field trip based subject conducted in February for seven days in total to be based at Falls Creek, Victoria. The field work will explore alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems in detail during daytime excursions, team based research work, and through evening discussions and lectures. Pre- trip materials including background reading will be provided online. Your knowledge of the concepts and details will be assessed before the residency at Falls Creek. Post field trip commitments will involve completion of a report based on the project work you have conducted. Aspects of alpine geology, hydrology, soils, and aquatic and terrestrial plant and animal communities will be considered in detail. Potential and real threats to alpine ecosystems will be addressed. This subject is an introduction to field research and will be suitable for aspiring park rangers, ecologists and anyone interested in a career working in science and the environment.
FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering
Subject Co-ordinatorDennis Black
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Incompatible subjects WEM3ALP, WEM2TAE
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Albury-Wodonga, 2014, Week 04-12, Day
Maximum enrolment size20
Enrolment information Accommodation, catering, safety and logistical reasons connected with the fieldwork. All nominating 2nd year EME students (~20) with remaining places available to Bundoora and AW year 3 FSTE students enrolling as WEM3APL and external (including overseas) students.
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDennis Black
One 8.0 days field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 04 to week 12 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The subject is based at the alpine resort of Falls Creek, Victoria, approximately 130 km from the A-W campus. It will be conducted onsite at Falls Creek from February 15 -22, but online components for preparation and assessment will be conducted from early January until mid-March."
|Field work report (2000 words due four weeks after field trip)||Hurdle requirement||50|
|Group resources habitat report, 500 words with supporting illustrations due at the end of fieldwork.||10|
|Post-field multiple choice/short answer test||10|
|Pre-field multiple choice quiz||20|
|Team work reflections by completing a rubric at three stages during fieldwork.||10|