UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANIM2209 Field Studies in Zoology

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyFace to face
Content This eight-day field-based (residential) unit is available to students nominating Zoology as their first major. The unit is divided into two components. The first comprises a series of field-based exercises that runs over five consecutive days (each exercise led by a different Animal Biology academic). While individual projects change from year to year, the unifying aim of these exercises is to equip students with field based skills and experiences, and an understanding of the regulatory systems that underpin these activities (e.g. PAWES accreditation, permits etc.). The second component comprises a single research project run over three days. In this latter component, students work collaboratively in groups to collect and compile data for subsequent organisation, analysis and dissemination by each student (students later write an individual paper and present an oral presentation to the whole class).
Outcomes Students are able to (1) work responsibly, ethically and competently in the field demonstrating appropriate use of techniques and equipment; (2) enter field data into databases and produce exploratory graphical plots; (3) produce a scientific article or report based on a three-day group project on an aspect of animal biology that has been studied in the field; and (4) communicate the rationale and results of their group project via a team presentation.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assessment of individual performance across five separate field work modules including data entry; (2) write an individual report based on a three-day group project; and (3) deliver an oral presentation on the same group project study as part of a small team. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the assessment of individual performance across five separate field work modules including data entry component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Jason Kennington
Unit rules
Prerequisites: BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology, BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Co-requisites: ENVT2250 Ecology
Approved quota: 50—students must be doing a major in Zoology, either as a the degree-specific major or as the second major. Of those students, the top 50 based on performance in BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology will be selected.
Contact hours Program in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Science (PAWES): 6 hours; field work: 60 hours—5 x 1-day projects, 3-day small group project; other work: 74 hours—face-to face on campus (e.g. oral presentations), database entry, preparation of a major report based on a group project
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANIM2209/TS-H-2F/2017
Note This unit is subject to a quota. For more infomation please email admin-animals@uwa.edu.au.

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