Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


A range of habitats and recording skills addressed in Natural History fieldwork practice are explored through a series of lectures, seminars and fieldwork. There is an emphasis on the visual recording of ecosystem diversity and its application to studio methodology. The course includes two five-week project blocks.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. The development of research skills necessary for practice as a Natural History Illustrator.

2. Skills to collaborate with relevant community and professional environmental organizations.

3. Expansion of knowledge of flora and fauna specific to studied habitats.

4. The ability to participate in group research of specific habitats located within the Hunter Valley and wider communities.

5. Development strategies for the integration of field work and studio practice.


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

  1. Group collaboration in field data collection
  2. Taxonomic drawing for field work application
  3. Habitat studies and their application to studio projects
  4. Timeline diary, recording natural history events
  5. Specimen collection and preservation
  6. Visual perception and interpretation of natural history objects.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Project: Project 1 - Group Project

Project: Project 2 - Habitat Study and Fieldwork Folio

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).