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
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity|Fisheries and Aquaculture
Coordinator Professor Jayson Semmens
Available as student elective? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of best-practice animal ethics to conduct field research on marine vertebrates
  • Deploy tracking and logging devices across a number of animals to record their fine-scale movement and behavior
  • Analyse bio-telemetry data to describe the animal's fine-scale movement and behavior
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010905 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,493.00

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Mutual Exclusions

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

KSA713 Marine Bio-telemetry


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