ANIM2209 Field Studies in Zoology
- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Non-standard teaching period UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 2 core unit in the Wildlife Conservation major sequence
- Level 2 option in the Zoology major sequence
- This unit is designed for students studying biological science majors wishing to gain experience in animal field studies. The main part of this unit is an eight-day field trip to Coral Bay, located in in the heart of the Ningaloo Reef World Heritage Area in the northwest of Western Australia. The field trip is typically held in July during the break between semesters 1 and 2. You learn techniques such as mist netting, mammal trapping, marine fauna surveys and experimental design and analysis.
The field trip itself is divided into two parts. The first comprises a series of field-based exercises that runs over five consecutive days (each exercise led by a different Biological Sciences 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. The second part of the field trip involves a single research project run over three days. In this second component, students work collaboratively in groups (3-5 students) to collect and compile data for subsequent organisation, analysis and dissemination by each student.
- 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.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the assessment of individual performance across five separate field work modules including data entry component.
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, Dr Nicola Mitchell
- Unit rules
- BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
- 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.
- 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 Trip (estimated cost - 600).
- Contact hours
- safety induction and lecture on animal welfare, ethics and science: 3 hours; fieldwork: 64 hours (5 x 1-day projects, 3-day small group project); other work: 16 hours (face-to face on campus, e.g. oral presentations, database entry, preparation of a major report based on a group project)
- This unit is subject to a quota. For more information please email [email protected]
- 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.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.