Natural History Field Studies 2

Course code DESN1550Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

The 'natural' world provides a huge range of data which can be used by the Natural History Illustrator to convey visual information to audiences from the sciences to young children.

Recording and interpreting information in the field is essential to the study of Natural History Illustration. This course extends the student's knowledge of effective field study methods by applying these skills to a range of local habitats.

The course consists of two project blocks which include some day excursions to a variety of accessible habitats. Students will gain experience in field recording techniques, documenting climate and seasonal changes and specimen collection and preparation.

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. Develop field observation skills and techniques.
2. Develop visual recording techniques.
3. Develop and encourage an ethical approach to the collection and preservation of field specimens.
4. Develop an understanding of habitat diversification.
5. Develop and expand knowledge of the flora and fauna in specific ecosystems.
ContentThe course will be divided into two blocks during which students will gain experience in areas such as:
1. Habitat study
2. Flora and fauna specific to selected ecosystems
3. Field recording techniques and their application
4. Time studies recording climate and seasonal change
5. Diversified applications to data collection
6. Specimen preparation for laboratory use.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeDESN1520
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. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction (field trip).