SLE355 - Zoological and Wildlife Field Studies


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in S369, S393, S398

SLE251 or SLE226

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

11 x 2 hour online lectures per trimester, 5 x 3 hour practical experience (laboratory) per trimester. Multi-day/night off campus practical experience (field trip) in regional Victoria.

Students will need to cover accommodation and food costs while on the practical experience (field trip). The practical experience (field trip) will require students to engage in an immersive learning experience.


Well-designed field studies that test important ecological theories or the effectiveness of environmental management remain a key approach for how zoologists and wildlife ecologists understand or manage wild animals. This unit aims to train students to design and undertake field studies that address how Australian wildlife populations respond to their natural environment, and changes to that environment. The unit's classes and practicals will advance understanding in key zoology and wildlife ecology concepts and develop skills for the synthesis of literature, research design, experimental methods, data analysis and visualisation, critical evaluation, and scientific communication. Field based practical learning is the key focus of the unit's learning and experience outcomes. Here students will participate in a field trip located at an off-campus location in Victoria. The field trip will allow students to develop technical proficiency in the use multiple ecological field methods that collect data used to study wildlife populations. Students will learn, through hands-on experience, how to survey wildlife using techniques such as trapping, pitfall trapping, observational surveys and camera-based surveys. These techniques will allow students to assess the interrelationships between flora and fauna and how this understanding can be used in management. Completion of this unit will see students having advanced their conceptual and practical skills desirable for employment in government, industry or the private sector.

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