Course Title: Conduct biological surveys
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2015
Course Code: MATH7059C
Course Title: Conduct biological surveys
School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences
Campus: City Campus
Program: C5305 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
Course Contact: Namrita Kaul
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309
Course Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
The Course Teacher is Peter Homan
Nominal Hours: 200
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
There are none
This unit covers the processes involved with conducting biological surveys and defines the standard required to: identify the scope, objectives and constraints for a biological survey according to client requirements, the biological components to be surveyed and enterprise policy; assess the availability of current data and determine data collection and processing needs; identify biological indicators that are repeatable and statistically representative; document survey methods and indicators as a survey plan; schedule survey activities and establish access to the site; conduct a biological survey with data collection staged and recorded according to the survey plan; produce a biological survey report with detailed analysis and conclusion, including a description and assessment of the specified biological components.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
AHCNAR502A Conduct biological surveys
1. Carry out preliminary design activities for the biological survey
1.1. Survey scope, objectives and constraints are identified according to client requirements, biological components to be surveyed and enterprise policy.
2.Determine requirements of the biological survey
2.1. Survey indicators are identified and constraints and opportunities for data collection identified and evaluated.
3. Conduct the biological survey
3.1. Field visits are conducted to verify and consolidate previously collected data and to gather further information on species frequency, distribution, and health and/or habitat values.
4. Compile a biological survey report
4.1. Analysis of collected data is undertaken according to industry policies and guidelines.
By the completion of this course students will have gained the following capabilities
- identify the scope, objectives and constraints for a biological survey according to client requirements, the biological components to be
surveyed and enterprise policy
- assess the availability of current data and determine data collection and processing needs
- identify biological indicators that are repeatable and statistically representative
- document survey methods and indicators as a survey plan
- schedule survey activities and establish access to the site
- conduct a biological survey with data collection staged and recorded according to the survey plan
- produce a biological survey report with detailed analysis and conclusion, including a description and
assessment of the specified biological components.
Details of Learning Activities
Classroom instruction, Practical work, visits to Victorian Museum and City of Whittlesea conservation reserves; working in groups and survey teams, consultation with biological survey clients including Parks Victoria and non-government conservation organisations; Planning and designing biological surveys; biological report writing; gathering historical data from DEPI databases; data analysis; legal requirements of biological surveys; compiling Standard Operating Procedures; the role and responsibilities of Animal Ethics Committees; major Field Survey at Wonthaggi Heathlands Nature Conservation Reserve.
Monday 9 Feb: 2.30 - 5.30: Introduction to course; revision of data analysis .
Week beginning Monday 16 Feb - No Class.
Monday 23 Feb: 2.30 - 4.30: Visit to Victoria Museum, behinds-the-scenes tour of collection.
Monday 16 Mar: 2.30 - 5.30: Intro to waterbird surveys. Designing Biological Surveys.
Monday 23 Mar. 2.30 - 5.30: Intro to Standard Operating Procedures.
Monday 30 Mar. 2.30 - 5.30: Further Designing Biological Surveys.
Wednesday 8 April: No Class - Student Vacation.
Tuesday 14 April: 9.00am start: All day field trip to Growling Frog Golf Course - waterbird survey.
Wednesday 22 April 1.30 - 4.30: Follow up to field trip; data analysis; further Standard Operating Procedures
Tuesday 28 April: 9.00am start: All day field trip to GFGC & Yan Yean Reservoir -waterbird survey.
Wednesday 6 May: 1.30 - 4.30: Follow up to Field trip; Intro to reptile surveys.
Week beginning 11 May - No Class, (Lake Condah trip)..
Tuesday 19 May: 9.00am start: All day field trip Quarry Hills Bushland Park, Reptile Survey.
Wednesday 27 May 1.30 - 4.30: Follow-up to field trip; data analysis.
Wednesday 3 June: 1.30 - 4.30: Into to plant surveys. Last class for semester.
Wednesday 8 July: 1.30-4.30: Introduction to vertebrate surveys.
Wednesday 15 July: 1.30-4.30: Mammals of Victoria.
Wednesday 22 July: 1.30-4.30: Platypus surveys.
Wednesday 29 July: 1.30-4.30: Evaluating fauna results.
Wednesday 5 August: 1.30-4.30: Lack of records does not necessarily mean absence of species.
Wednesday 12 August: 1.30-4.30: Fire and Fauna.
Wednesday 19 August: 1.30-4.30: Plant surveys.
Wednesday 26 August: 1.30-4.30; Invertebrate surveys.
Wednesday 2 September: No Class - Student Vacation.
Wednesday 9 September: 1.30-4.30: Wonthaggi historical data.
Wednesday 16 September: 1.30-4.30: Report preparation; designing surveys.
Wednesday 23 September: 1.30-4.30: Plants of Bunurong Coast & Wonthaggi district
Wednesday 30 September: 1.30-4.30: Preparation for Wonthaggi Field Trip.
Monday 5 Oct - Friday 9 Oct: Five day field trip to Wonthaggi Heathlands Nature Conservation Reserve.
Wednesday 14 October: 1.30-4.30: Data analysis, report writing.
Wednesday 21 October: 1.30-4.30; Further report writing. FINAL CLASS.
Overview of Assessment
Assessment for this course may include assignments, practical assessment , project work, tests and reports
Semester 1. Assessment 1. Source, Collate & Evaluate Current Data. Due date: Wednesday 29 April 2015
Assessment 2. Prepare set of Standard Operating Procedures. Due date: Wednesday 6 May 2015
Assessment 3. Design Plan for Reptile and Waterbird surveys (GRADED). Due date: Monday 18 May 2015
Semester 2. Assessment 4. Conduct Biological Survey efficiently, safely & ethically. Assessed in field: 5 October to 9 Oct 2015
Assessment 5. Collect Comprehensive Field Notes; Biological Survey Field Note Book. Assessed in field & FNB handed in by 14 October 2014
Assessment 6. Prepare Full Scientific Biological Report (GRADED). Due date: Wednesday 21 October 2015.
Course Nominal length is 200 hours comprising:
94 Class Contact hours
62 Hours Field Work
40 Hours Research & Assessment preparation
4 hours teacher consultation.
- To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (reports, assignments etc.)
- Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.
- APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension) at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.
- For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration
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