SCIE3304 Field Techniques in Marine Science

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Coastal and Ocean Systems specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Marine Biology specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
In this unit students gain an understanding about the processes involved in conducting research. This includes formulating research questions and a hypothesis, developing detailed research proposals which outline the rationale for study, and detailing rigorous sampling plans. Students also learn how to develop comprehensive assessments of the risks associated with travel to and from the field site, undertaking field work and the processing of samples and data. It is important for each student to be able to communicate to others why they are undertaking research, how they have done it and what they have found. Students present data at informal and formal group presentations and in a written research report. Students are required to spend up to five days camped at a field site in Albany during the mid-semester break.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an awareness of important field sampling and measurement techniques; (2) demonstrate an understanding of sampling design and statistical analysis; (3) demonstrate an understanding of communicating scientific results; and (4) demonstrate effective team work skills; including the delegation and timely completion of tasks, effective communication, respect for diversity and safe work practices, including field trip planning and risk management..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critical analysis; (2) group project; and (3) project report. 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)
Dr Renae Hovey (Biological Sciences), Dr Jane Prince (Biological Sciences)
Unit rules
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis
completion of at least 84 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):
Residential Field Trip (estimated cost - Up to $525).
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 hours per week; Residential field trip: 5 days (charges—cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student)
Students are required to spend up to five days camped at a field site in Albany during the mid-semester break.
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.