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SDEM12-204: Environmental Field Analysis of Rainforest and Coastal Regions January 2022 [Intensive]

General information

This subject involves environmental measurement in the field and real world practice involving analysis and resolution of economic, environmental, social and governance issues that arise in environmental management and decision-making. It is taught as a one week intensive in rainforest and coastal environments on North Stradbroke Island.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design: Planning and Environment
Subject code:SDEM12-204
Subject title:Environmental Field Analysis of Rainforest and Coastal Regions
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Field Work: x5 (Total hours: 36) - One week workshop
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Time
Attendance and learning activities: The subject is taught as an intensive field trip on North Stradbroke Island. Attendance throughout the duration of the field trip and at all field trip activities is compulsory. The field trip is not available online. The subject is highly suitable for Study Abroad students, and domestic students with an interest in environmental, sustainability and Indigenous knowledge. Although not currently finalised, the planned dates for the subject in 1st semester 2021 are between the 12th and 16th February.


Prescribed resources:
  • Daryl McPhee (2017). Environmental History and Ecology of Moreton Bay. CSIRO PUBLISHING , 208.
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of design considerations for ecological experiments;
  2. Show experience in undertaking field work projects in a variety of different habitats;
  3. Analyse and interpret field data from ecological experiments.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Online Quiz Post-field trip quiz based on analysis of data and themes from the field trip. 40% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3.
*Online Quiz Pre-trip quiz (online) 20% To Be Negotiated 1.
Case Analysis Workbook and activities undertaken during the field trip. 40% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

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Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Undertake a marine debris assessment consistent with international guidelines for the activity

1, 2, 3.

Map seagrass beds using rapid assessment tools

1, 2, 3.

Gaining an understanding of perched lakes and other freshwater bodies through interpretive visits and measurement of biophysical parameters.

1, 2, 3.

Use of a dichotomous key to identify dune plants, and through direct observation gaining an understanding of their adaptations.

1, 2, 3.

Develop an understanding of non-invasive techniques for examining how koalas use their habitat, and the differences between island and mainland populations of koalas.

1, 2, 3.

Ghost crabs are an indicator of foredune disturbance and you will use a rapid assessment tool to assess their populations.

1, 2, 3.

Gain an understanding of the unique flora characteristics of Wallum scrub, its faunal use and cultural significance.

1, 2, 3.

Through observation, gain an understanding of cetacean behavioural ecology.

1, 2, 3.

Use a rapid assessment tool to survey yabby populations and validate the accuracy and precision of the method.

1, 2, 3.
Approved on: Nov 5, 2021. Edition: 2.5
Last updated: Nov 16, 2021.