Courses & Units

Field Bio-telemetry KSA727


This unit is conducted in the Galapagos Islands

You must undertake the MyLo Animal Ethics Training module before undertaking this unit.


This unit provides hands-on experience of field bio-telemetry in the Galapagos Islands, which is linked to ongoing collaborative research. Students will learn best practice ethical standards, along with multiple bio-telemetry deployment, retrieval and analysis methods that are suitable for a number of the animal types that they will encounter on this field unit. Key knowledge and skills

students will acquire includes: A working knowledge of the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes and how it is applied to field bio-telemetry; field bio-telemetry techniques; data analysis methodology and skills; and report writing skills. Topics covered include: Best practice animal ethics for field bio-telemetry; working with animals in the field; how to deploy and retrieve bio-telemetry devices; bio-telemetry data analysis; and how to write up a bio-telemetry study. This will be a hands-on learning experience utilizing the experience and knowledge of experts in the field and will prepare the student for subsequent study/vocation tasks, such as: working with animals; planning logistically complex projects; analyzing data; and communicating results.


Unit name Field Bio-telemetry
Unit code KSA727
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity|Fisheries and Aquaculture

Jayson Semmens

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Learning Outcomes

1.Apply knowledge of best-practice animal ethics to conduct field research on marine vertebrates
2.Deploy tracking and logging devices across a number of animals to record their fine-scale movement and behavior
3.Analyse bio-telemetry data to describe the animal's fine-scale movement and behavior



Band Field of Education
2 010905

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Mutual Exclusions

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

KSA713 Marine Bio-telemetry


Teaching Pattern

Lecture (daily), Fieldwork (daily) and 1 x seminar


1. Test or quiz short Quiz
3. Presentation 10-15 minute research presentation , Weight: 30%
2. Report The size/length will follow the format of a relevant journal , Weight: 70%

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