Courses & Units

Natural Environment Field Techniques KGA213

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


As part of the KGA major this unit is essential for students interested in the conservation and management of natural landscapes. It is a field-based unit, requiring students (and staff) to stay on site remote from any campus for 8 days during late November-early December.

It is available as an elective.


Effective management of the natural environment is one of the most important challenges of our time. This field-based unit develops the abilities to describe and assess the conservation status of natural terrestrial ecosystems.  Through field data collection, lectures, and a variety of group activities, students will learn how to assess, and measure natural environments. Students will become practised in the skills of vegetation and animal surveys, identification methods, the use of global positioning systems (GPS), topographic surveying and mapping of landscapes; measurement of local climates, interpreting soil profiles, data analysis and report writing.


Unit name Natural Environment Field Techniques
Unit code KGA213
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
School of Land & Food
Discipline Geography and Spatial Science
Coordinator Prof JB Kirkpatrick
Teaching staff

Prof JB Kirkpatrick), Dr J Aryal, Mr D Green, Mr R Anders

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Spring school (late) On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Spring school (late) On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Spring school (late) 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.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (late) 13/11/2017 23/11/2017 5/12/2017 27/12/2017

* 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.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2017: $1,131.00 2017: $2,512.00 050999

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.



  • 25 Credit Points in Introductory level Earth Science, Plant Science or Zoology units or KGA171 and KGA172

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

8 days in the field which includes 16 lectures and 11 x 3-hr practical periods


2x1-hr practical tests (40%), field task (20%), 1500 word scientific report (40%)

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