oed1ns naturalist studies




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students focus on environmental studies through understanding, recording and reflecting on natural places through field observation and experience. Students are introduced to the skills of field observation and recording in natural history. They develop practical knowledge of identification and classification, and expertise in undertaking short excursions and multi-day educational trips in natural settings.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlistair Stewart

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed 30cp at level 1


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsField Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact EditionRecommendedMorcombe, M. 2004STEVE PARISH PUBLISHING
ReadingsNative trees and shrubs of south-eastern AustraliaRecommendedCostermans, L. F.REED NEW HOLLAND, SYDNEY, NSW 2000
ReadingsTracks, Scats and Other Traces: A Field Guide to Australian MammalsRecommendedTriggs, B. 2004OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS: MELBOURNE 1996
ReadingsThe Waterbug Book: A Guide to the Freshwater Macroinvertebrates of Temperate AustraliaRecommendedGooderham,J & Tsyrlin,E 2002CSIRO

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply basic ecological concepts to field observations

Tutorials, field trips

02. Recognise patterns and relationships in ecosystems

Lectures, tutorials, field trips

03. Undertake research into natural history using standard sources and reference material

Lectures, tutorials, field trips

04. Develop skills in observing and recording in the field

Field trips

05. Develop practical skills in the identification and classification and recognition of biotic and abiotic features of central Victorian forests and woodlands

Tutorials, field trips

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlistair Stewart

Class requirements

TutorialWeek: 38 - 39
One 1.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekends during the day from week 38 to week 39 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Field TripWeek: 31 - 43
One 6.0 days field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 32 - 32
Three 3.0 hours tutorial other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 32 to week 32 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 1,000-word assignment2501, 02, 03, 04, 05
one 1.5-hour practical examination4001, 02, 03, 04, 05
one 2,000-word assignmentHurdle requirement: satisfactory participation and performance in practical work3501, 02, 03, 04, 05