Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is a largely field trip-based subject with the field trip conducted in early July for nine days in total and based mainly (five days) at Sturt National Park, in north-western N.S.W. At Sturt N.P. students will study arid-zone organisms and ecosystems through daytime excursions, team-based research projects, and through daily discussions and lectures. Pre-trip materials (including background reading on the arid zone environment) will be provided online and student knowledge of this material will be assessed before the field trip. Post-trip requirements will include the submission of a research report on the project conducted at Sturt and assessment of knowledge of the arid zone and field techniques acquired during the field trip. This subject will introduce students to the ecology of the Australian arid zone and reinforce and extend their capacity to undertake ecological research in the field.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Pridmore

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjects WEM3ARZ, WEM2TAE

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2014, Week 24-35, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size20

Enrolment information Accommodation, catering, safety and logistical reasons associated with the fieldwork. All nominating 2nd year EME students (~20) with remaining places available to Bundoora and AW year 3 FSTE students enrolling as WEM3ARZ and external (including overseas) students.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Pridmore

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 24 - 35
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 24 to week 35 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Field work report (2000 words due four weeks after field trip)Hurdle requirement50
Group resources habitat report, 500 words with supporting illustrations due at the end of fieldwork.10
Post-field multiple choice/short answer test10
Pre-field multiple choice quizHurdle requirement20
Team work reflections by completing a rubric at three stages during fieldwork.10