Courses & Units

Tasmanian Field Ecology KPZ301



In this unit, you will experience the major natural ecological communities in Tasmania and the key processes shaping them. You will be introduced to the diversity of organisms found in environments from near sea level moorlands to exposed alpine heaths, from rich basalt soil to ancient, weathered quartzite, and from sites ravaged by clear felling and burning to ancient cool, temperate rainforest.

The first five days of the course are based in the spectacular National Parks of Central and Western Tasmania, including a strenuous walk along the Tarn Shelf, over Newdegate Pass & back along the Rodway Range. Students who are not physically fit must seek the advice of the unit coordinator before enrolling. Alternative fields sites may be used at short notice, subject to availability and/or access to field sites.

The second part of the course uses three days of field studies and some laboratory-based work to introduce demographic techniques, conservation strategies & practice.


Unit name Field Botany
Unit code KPZ301
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science
Coordinator Doctor Robert Wiltshire
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 5 Week Session Feb B On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Feb B 1/2/2021 8/2/2021 19/2/2021 7/3/2021

* 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

  • Differentiate the major types of ecological communities found in Tasmania
  • Accurately identify many Tasmanian species
  • Explain the ecological factors affecting species distributions, including the role of climatic, edaphic, topographic and disturbance factors
  • Assess a community via analysis of field observations and data collected in the field
  • Communicate effectively in a range of formats
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010905 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • 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

1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP

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Admission into a Masters course OR one from: KPZ211 Population and Community Ecology, KPA214 Plants in Action, KPA210 Plants of Tasmania, KPZ313 Plants of Tasmania|Admission into a Masters course OR one from: KPZ211 Population and Community Ecology, KPA214 Plants in Action, KPZ3XX Plants of Tasmania


Teaching Pattern

7-11 & 14-16 Feb, 2022; informal lectures through unit and 8 days of field work

AssessmentField notes / Report (50%)|Public Communication (20%)|Report (20%)|Portfolio (10%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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