Courses & Units

Field Research Techniques for Aquatic Ecosystems JFA219



Students will be required to conduct fieldwork activities to satisfactorily complete this unit. Additional costs are associated with this unit.

2016 Dates:

In-class studies: 10 November 2016, 17-18 November 2016, 28-29 November 2016.

Fieldwork, Maria Island: 21 - 25 November 2016.


This intermediate level unit provides practical training in the design, planning and implementation of assessment programs in estuarine, coastal and marine environments. The course is run principally as an intensive field course, including a field camp and where possible, time at sea on UTAS/AMC training vessels. Students will receive theoretical and practical training in current methods of collection of biological, ecological and social data using various data collection instruments. Students will also gain experience in evaluation of ecological characteristics including biodiversity, estimation of population size and anthropogenic impacts. Current methods of collection and assessment include underwater video, transects, trapping, netting and surveys.


Unit name Field Research Techniques for Aquatic Ecosystems
Unit code JFA219
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School IMAS
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Centre for Ecology and Biodiversity|Centre for Fisheries and Aquaculture

Dr James Haddy

Teaching staff

Dr James Haddy, Mr Mike Williams and Dr Jeff Wright

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Spring school On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

About Census Dates

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school 23/10/2017 7/11/2017 27/11/2017 3/1/2018



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2017: $1,131.00 2017: $2,550.00 050701

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern

Block taught 2 weeks intensive study.


Coursework: 100%, Examination: 0%

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