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. Transport to and from the venue will be provided from both Launceston and Hobart.


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 scientific report writing.


Unit name Natural Environment Field Techniques
Unit code KGA213
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Prof JB Kirkpatrick

Teaching staff

Dr J Aryal, Dr K. Johnson, Dr V Prahalad, Mr R Anders, Ms S Henry, Dr M. McHenry

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

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (late) 9/11/2020 19/11/2020 27/12/2020 27/12/2020

* 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).

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,783.00 050999

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  • 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:

  • KGA211, KGA288


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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