Natural History Field Studies 4

Course code DESN2550
Not available in 2016


This course emphasizes individual and collaborative approaches to fieldwork observation and recording, and their application to specific projects. Students will be guided in aspects of research through links with organizations such as the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, Australian Museum, Shortland Wetlands Centre or the National Parks and Wildlife Service, as well as areas from within the university which share coherencies.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning Outcomes

1. Consolidation of fieldwork methodology and its application to studio practice.

2. The ability to apply knowledge of local flora, fauna and habitats to relevant projects

3. Consolidation of links with relevant community and professional organisations.

4. Development of an area of personal research for ongoing study.

5. A professional attitude to the practice of Natural History Illustration.


The course will be divided into two blocks during which the following may be included:

  1. Visual diary presentation
  2. Habitat study and research methodology through visits to local environmental organizations
  3. Botanical study
  4. Group collaboration and industry contact
  5. Specimen collection and preservation
  6. Critical evaluation of contemporary natural history illustration issues

Assumed Knowledge


Assessment Items

Project: Project 1: Botanical Illustrations

Project: Project 2: Elements of Nature - Water Studies

Project: Project 3: Morphology and Motion

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Field Study: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction (field trip).

Contact Hours


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term