SCIE3304 Field Techniques in Marine Science
- 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 Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online. Semester 1 Albany 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 3 core unit in the Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences; Marine Science; Marine Biology; Marine and Coastal Processes major sequences
- 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 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 and Dr Jane Prince
- Unit rules
- 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 in residential accommodation 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.
- 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.