SLE355 - Zoological Field Studies


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 3: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

SIT191 or SLE251 and one other SLE 2 level unit



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Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

4 x 3 hour class per week for 1 week (week 1), 4 x 3 hour seminars and field trip preparation (week 1), 1 x multi-day off campus field trip (week 2), 6 x 3 hour on campus practicals (2 practicals in week 1, 1 practical per week from weeks 3 to 6).


Students may be required to meet their own expenses on fieldwork. 


Well-designed field studies that test important ecological and evolutionary theories remain a key approach for how zoologists understand the wonderment of wild animals.  This unit aims to let students guided by important zoological theory and concepts design field studies that address how Australian animals function and persist in their natural environment. Field-based studies will cover topics such as animal-plant interactions, effects of habitat variation of animal diversity and abundance, and examine how adaptive processes influence animal responses to environmental variation or other vital ecological processes. A major focus of this unit will be for student’s to advance their skills in the synthesis of scientific literature, research design, experimental methods, data analysis and visualisation, critical evaluation, and scientific communication. Students will be required to undertake field studies by participating in an up to 7 day field trip located at an off-campus location in Victoria.

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