Courses & Units

Natural Environment Field Techniques KGA213

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


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.


A field-based unit taught in one of Tasmania’s distinctive island environments. Students who successfully undertake this unit will develop a wide variety of skills in environmental data recording in the context of a project designed both to increase knowledge of natural environments and to contribute to their proper management. The skills include: the use of global positioning systems; rapid topographic survey techniques; microclimatic data collection techniques; soil analysis, geomorphological measurement; vegetation survey; fauna survey, mapping, and data entry. The unit provides students with the opportunity to build their field skills and their ability to work cooperatively on a meaningful project in one of the many interesting natural environments in Tasmania.


Unit name Natural Environment Field Techniques
Unit code KGA213
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Professor James Kirkpatrick
Teaching staff Doctor Karen Johnson|Doctor Kerry Bridle|Mr Robert Anders|Doctor Rachael Hurd|Doctor Vishnu Prahalad
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Cradle Coast Spring school (late) On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Spring school (late) On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart 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) 8/11/2021 18/11/2021 2/12/2021 26/12/2021

* 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 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  • make informed judgements on the appropriateness of various techniques for field survey in natural environments
  • use at least some of these techniques in surveying, topographic description and analysis, and the mapping, description and analysis of soil characteristics, microclimate, flora and fauna
  • communicate valid information in the mode of a scientific paper
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050999 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,783.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Admission into a Masters course OR (25 credit points in any combination of Introductory level Geography (KGA171, KGA172), Earth Science (KEA), Plant Science (KPA) or Zoology (KPZ) units).


Teaching Pattern

Eight days in the field (2021: 1-8 December on Bruny Island) incorporating lectures, fieldwork and tests.

AssessmentField Test One (20%)|Field Test Two (20%)|Scientific Report (40%)|Vegetation Map (20%)
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