BIOL5503 Assessing fauna biodiversity in managed landscapes
- 6 points
(see Summer Timetable)
Availability Location Mode Summer teaching period UWA (Perth) Face to face Summer teaching period Albany External
- Students will work with clients including consultants, farmers, government agencies and community groups on biodiversity assessment projects. They will gain an understanding of the scope of biodiversity projects and learn about relevant techniques for biological surveys in natural and managed landscapes including issues surrounding feral animals and pests, rare flora distributions, and weed infestation.
While students learn hands-on techniques and technologies appropriate for biological surveys, they will provide a service to clients through the provision of practical assistance in the field and by producing a written report addressing a real world problem.
Before the fieldwork students will learn theory related to the fieldwork. They will also complete an on-line Animal Ethics Committee 'PAWES' test to demonstrate their knowledge of animal ethics procedures and will receive a field induction to ensure they are ready and competent for the fieldwork.
Students will participate in a minimum of two field trips and will be expected to apply the knowledge and experience gained from the first to the organisation and execution of the second field trip.
- Students are able to (1) organise and conduct biodiversity surveys in collaboration with the client; (2) analyse wildlife survey data to produce
biodiversity indices, estimates of population densities, structure or other population parameters as appropriate and submit a report on this; and (3) deliver a professional presentation to the client.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation; (2) field work diary; and (3) client report. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Roberta Bencini
- Unit rules
- Advisable prior study:
- undergraduate units in Ecology
orWildlife Approved quota: 35—based on academic merit
- Incidental fees
- Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):Field trips (estimated cost - Upto $900).
- Contact hours
- One week block taught prior to self-paced field work with community groups
- This unit is recognised by the University as a service learning unit. Service learning refers
specifically to community engagement activities that are embedded in units of study, being structured
and assessed as formal educational experiences.
The students are required to participate in minimum of two field trips in order to acquire a good understanding of fauna survey techniques.
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.