Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The aim of this field course is to provide/you with the opportunity to conduct environmental research in a particular biogeographical region of Victoria. The selected region will change between years but will be one of: Victorian Alps (Bogong High Plains), Mallee (Little Desert NP), East Gippsland (Snowy River NP), Ovens River or La Trobe Wildlife Reserve (back-up location if selected site is inaccessible or group field trips are not possible). During the 5-6 day field trip you will work in small groups and develop a field project that broadly investigates connections between plant, animals, soils and water. A particular focus of the field trip is the development of a study design for your project, the application of field techniques and analysis of data, all of which will be under the guidance of academic staff. Pre-trip materials, including background reading and assessments, will be provided online up to one month prior to the field trip. Post field trip commitments will involve completion of a report based on the project work you have conducted. This field course offers the opportunity to be immersed in an amazing natural environment and through discussions with staff and other scientists gain a deeper understanding of the role of land management in the context of human and natural disturbance (e.g. land use, fire, climate change). The course will be of interest to students who aspire to work in environmental science in a range of careers. 

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEwen Silvester

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesThis field course offers the student to develop their skills in scientific enquiry and communication through a project-based activity conducted in the natural environment. 

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A


Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management

Quota-conditions or rulesThere are limited places on this field course. Students will be selected from a provisionally enrolled list, based on previous results.

Special conditionsThis field course involves additional costs. Students must check details of key dates and costs with the Subject Coordinator. Students are expected to travel to and from the field site independently and at their own cost.

Minimum credit point requirementStudents must have completed 45 credit points of second year science subjects

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain the ethical considerations that constrain research activity in a natural environment.
02. Explain the abiotic and biotic characteristics of the natural environment using appropriate scientific terminology.
03. Critically analyse, evaluate and interpret scientific data collected in field surveys, experiments and literature reviews..
04. Construct evidence-based explanations of field results that meet appropriate technical and professional standard.
05. Perform collaboratively in teams to collect, analyse and present field data.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, LTU Term 6, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size40

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEwen Silvester

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 46 - 52
One 6.00 days field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 46 to week 52 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 46 - 52
One 15.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 46 to week 52 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

School of Life Sciences Field Safety module 

N/AOtherIndividualYes0 SILO1, SILO3

Pre-trip assessment tasks (e.g. literature review, on-line quizzes, assignments; 1200 word equivalent) 

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Oral presentation of field trip project work (400 word equivalent) 

N/AOral presentationGroupNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Project team participation and teamwork (400 word equivalent) 

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO5

Field work report (2000 words; due 4 weeks after field trip) 

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4