Natural History Field Studies 1

Course code DESN1520Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

Field studies play an important part in the role of the Natural History illustrator. Accurately recording aspects of the 'natural' world by way of field sketching, photography and specimen collection provides the illustrator with the visual material necessary to complete a specific task. The course introduces students to field study skills and techniques used by the Natural History illustrator.

The course consists of two project blocks which include some day excursions to a variety of accessible habitats, demonstrations of specimen collection and preservation as well as instruction in the use of recording techniques.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this Compulsory Course Component in the course outline provided by the school.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course will:
1. introduce field observation techniques relevant to the study of Natural History Illustration;
2. introduce students to visual recording techniques and their relevance to Natural History Illustration;
3. encourage an appreciation and understanding of regional biodiversity;
4. introduce aspects of specimen collection and preservation;
5. demonstrate the importance of fieldwork in the study of Natural History Illustration.
ContentThe course will be divided into two blocks during which students will gain experience in areas such as:
1. Field sketching and recording techniques
2. Laboratory methods related to specimen preservation
3. Introduction to local habitats
4. Flora and fauna identification
5. Timeline diary, recording of natural history events
6. Specimen collection methods.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Field Study: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction (field trip).