1 x 2-day workshop per semester
1 x 3-day field trip per semester
Enrolment not permitted
1 of EASC3762, EASC8762, WARM8762 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Completion of Year 1 and Year 2 core topics.
Topic description
This topic provides students with opportunities for field investigations in local settings in which key measurements and other data will be collected relevant to environmental issues. Students will be introduced to and trained in the use of appropriate field equipment and relevant workplace health and safety procedures. The practical experiences of data collection will complement theoretical elements developed in other topics.
Educational aims
The aims for this topic are to:

  1. Provide students with the principles of good professional practice relevant to field collection of data and samples
  2. Offer students practical experience in the collection of field data relevant to their environmental interests
  3. Extend student skills development in the preparation of professional quality reports relevant to their discipline
  4. Broaden student perspectives on the nature of work within environmental disciplines
  5. Provide students with opportunities to participate in field work projects in a range of sites in the local region
  6. Introduce students to relevant workplace health and safety procedures
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Apply good sampling and recording methods and techniques in environmental disciplines
  2. Competently perform under supervision a variety of assessment and monitoring methods and techniques
  3. Recognise the strengths and limitations of field samples and data of different types
  4. Analyse and synthesis data suitable for preparing a professional-quality field report
  5. Apply professional skills to the conduct and reporting of a field report
  6. Understand policy, cultural and other issues that may impact on the collection of field samples and data
  7. Understand the workplace health and safety issues that relate to working in the field, especially in national and international settings