FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS FIELD COURSE
Credit points: 15
Aquatic Ecosystems Field Course is based around a seven-day camp (5 full days) centred on the Ovens River in North East Victoria. The field trip will specifically address field techniques used to study aquatic and riparian (stream side) communities, through team-based research combined with evening discussions and presentations. Pre-trip commitments will involve the successful completion of on-line background modules to assist in your understanding of the field project objectives. The field project will focus on the areas of: geomorphology-hydrology, water quality, macroinvertebrate communities, fish and vegetation, the results of which will form the basis of a post-field trip report and a major assessment task. The subject will also cover aspects of river management, in particular the role of flow regime in achieving ecological outcomes. This subject is an introduction to field research and will be suitable for aspiring park rangers, field ecologists and anyone interested in a career working in science and the environment.
Subject Co-ordinatorEwen Silvester
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Available as ElectiveYes
Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management
Quota-conditions or rulesStudents selected from provisionally enrolled list, based on second year results.
Special conditionsStudents MUST check details of dates, costs and reimbursement cut-off dates of field trips with the department. This field course incurs additional costs. The field trip start point is from Wodonga campus and students are expected to make their own way there, or travel independently to Harrietville directly - both of these options are at the student's own cost.
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
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
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Week 35-47, Blended
Maximum enrolment size41
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEwen Silvester
One 7.00 d field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 39 to week 40 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The subject is based around the Ovens River, North East Victoria. It will be conducted during the mid-semester break of second semester."
Unscheduled Online Class
One 15.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 35 to week 39 and delivered via online.
"Online components will be conducted from early in semester 2 until the week before the field trip."
|Field work report (2,000-words) Hurdle Requirement: Students must achieve a minimum of 50% in order to pass the subject. Due four weeks after field trip||N/A||N/A||Yes||40||SILO1, SILO3, SILO4|
|Pre-field multiple choice quiz (1,000-words equivalent) Tests student understanding of three modules: (i) freshwater ecosystems, (ii) field techniques, and (iii) research design and analysis.||N/A||N/A||No||30||SILO1, SILO2, SILO4|
|Annotated bibliography (500-words) Each group is requested to review up to 10 journal articles (dependent upon number of members in each group) and create an annotated bibliography foe each article. The entire document is no more than 500 words (50 words for each article).||N/A||N/A||No||10||SILO1, SILO4|
|Teamwork exercises (200-words equivalent) Combination of on-line and on-trip tasks that prepare students for working in team environments and assess their ability to take on different roles in teams. Assessment is via submission to on-line discussion forums (5%) and peer evaluation (5%).||N/A||N/A||No||10||SILO2|
|Oral presentation (200-words equivalent) Oral presentations are delivered in groups on the penultimate day of the field trip.||N/A||N/A||No||10||SILO2, SILO4|