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|
|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 an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|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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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
|Spring school (late)||7/11/2022||17/11/2022||1/12/2022||25/12/2022|
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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).
- 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|
1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.
Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.
PrerequisitesAdmission 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).
Eight days in the field (2021: 1-8 December on Bruny Island) incorporating lectures, fieldwork and tests.
|Assessment||Field Test One (20%)|Field Test Two (20%)|Vegetation Map (20%)|Scientific Report (40%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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