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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is based around a six-day field trip in late February (prior to the start of Semester 1) at Falls Creek, Victoria. The field work will explore alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems in detail during daytime excursions, team based research work in the Alpine National Park, and through evening discussions and lectures. Pre-trip materials including background reading and assessments will be provided online one month prior to the field trip. 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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEwen Silvester

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have completed 45 credit points of second year science subjects


Incompatible subjectsENV2ME

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management

Quota-conditions or rulesStudents selected from provisionally enrolled list, based on previous results.

Special conditionsStudents MUST check details of field trip dates, costs and reimbursement cut-off dates with the Subject Coordinator / SHE AW Admin. This field subject 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 Falls Creek directly - both of these options are at the students own cost.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Australian Alps: Kosciuszko

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorAlpine and Namadgi National Parks



PublisherCSIRO Publishing


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify legal, cultural, biological and ethical considerations that constrain research activity in an environment and undertake appropriate steps to safeguard the environment.
02. Apply principles of effective teamwork and group formation to perform collaboratively in a team to collect and analyse field data then critically evaluate their own and whole group behaviour.
03. Write a scientific report related to a field based project in accordance with professional and ethical standards.
04. Demonstrate knowledge of the extent of alpine environments in Australia and identify abiotic and biotic characteristics of these habitats

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