ENVT3337 International Fieldwork Project

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Natural Resource Management major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Students investigate the agricultural production environmental impact nexus, in a real world context by either participating in a field trip to Vietnam or working on a one-on-one basis with an individual UWA academic advisor on developing a case study. For students participating in the field trip, the focus can be at the project management level, working with office based staff; primarily in the field via extension and data collection work; or a combination of both. For students not participating in the field, the case study context is framed around an active project at The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture Vietnam office, which may overlap with some of the field trip based projects, and students still have the opportunity to participate in skype project meetings, and work on real world collaborations, including with Vietnamese CIAT researchers working in partnership with UWA staff.

All students, regardless of field trip participation, are exposed to international research organisations and the process of developing a research project, assessing the risks associated with the delivery of that research project, and primary data collection in the field.

Through a process of reflective practice, students develop an understanding of the practical challenges of implementing effective environmental and natural resource management policy in a developing country context, and understand the implications of policy changes on rural communities.
Students are able to (1) analyse the relationships between a
developing country's agricultural structures and the impact of agricultural production on local community well-being and the environment
; (2) demonstrate an understanding,of the challenges faced by a developing country to improve its systems of governance and management, with respect to agricultural production and environmental management; (3) work collaboratively to obtain information from local
producers (e.g. cooperative members) and environmental management organisations; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of local customs, procedures, history and culture.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) oral presentations; and (3) written reports. Further information is available 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)
Associate Professor Steven Schilizzi
Unit rules
ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2 or ECON2233 Microeconomics: Policy and Applications, and completion of at least 48 points.
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 to Vietnam - all costs are covered by GLO grant (estimated cost - $100).
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