Our intensive field courses within Australia offer you the chance to apply what you have learned in other courses in an intensive and enriching environment.

Trips are residential and generally take place in Central, Northern and tropical Queensland over two weeks in the July mid-semester break.

You'll come away with an appreciation of the issues surrounding the management and sustainable development of various natural and rural systems in the tropical marine, coastal and semi-arid environments that you visit.

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ENVM3105: Natural Systems & Wildlife field excursion

Description

You'll gain an appreciation of the management of various natural and rural systems.

This course is a required component of the Bachelor of Environmental Management. You'll examine a range of issues relating to the management of natural and rural systems in tropical and semi-arid environments, including: 

  • protected area management
  • mining
  • endangered species management
  • visitor management
  • cultural heritage management
  • management of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area.

Details

Course code: ENVM3105 Field Excursion (Natural Systems & Wildlife)

Units: 4

Open to: undergraduates (BEnvMan - NSW students only)

Location: central, northern and tropical Queensland

Duration: 14 days in the mid-year break (July) each year

Cost: extra fees are payable.

Course cap: a quota applies due to transport constraints.

Contact: email our team

ENVM3106: Sustainable Development field excursion

Description

You'll explore and apply fundamental concepts in an enriching environment.

This residential study tour is a required component of the Bachelor of Environmental Management program. You'll explore the themes of:

  • sustainable development in sensitive environments
  • the role of biodiversity offsets
  • indigenous Australians and sustainable development, with a focus on the Wild Rivers debate and coastal development.

You'll be encouraged to make connections across and between themes at a local and global scale, and have the chance to apply fundamental concepts within this field of study in an intensive and enriching environment.

Details

Course code: ENVM3106 Field Excursion (Sustainable Development)

Units: 4

Open to: undergraduates (BEnvMan - SD students only)

Location: Far North Queensland

Duration: 14 days in the mid-year break (July) each year

Cost: extra fees are payable.

Course cap: a quota applies due to transport constraints.

Contact: email our team

ENVM3529/ENVM7529: Northern & Tropical Queensland tour

Tropical Queensland is one of the locations you'll visit on this trip.

Description

This natural resource management tour will provide you with an appreciation of different management contexts, including social, cultural, legal, economic, political and ecological perspectives within which management is conducted. 

Details

Course code: ENVM3529 / ENVM7529 Northern & Tropical Queensland Tour

Units: 2

Open to: undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students

Location: Central, Northern and tropical Queensland

Duration: 14 days in the mid-year break (July) each year

Cost: extra fees are payable.

Course cap: a quota applies due to transport constraints.

How to apply: fill in our online expression of interest form.

Contact: email our team

ERTH3050 Mapping in the Outback

Description

This course is entirely field based. Image: Professor Paolo Vasconcelos 

This elective course (ERTH3050) is entirely field based. 

Through a number of exercises, you'll learn how to “read rocks” and produce a professional geological map that appropriately delivers geological information. Field exercises involve mapping folded and faulted low-grade meta-sedimentary sequence in the area of Lake Moondarra, mapping igneous, metamorphic and deformational features at the margin of a granitic batholith (Sybella Granite), and mapping overprinting relationships of structural fabrics in high-grade metamorphic rocks (Mica Creek).

Note: you must have a solid background in the core geology subjects (mineralogy, sedimentology, structural geology and igneous and metamorphic petrology).

Details

Course code: ERTH3050 Mapping in the outback

Units: 2

Open to: 3rd-year geological sciences undergraduates

Location: Mount Isa, Queensland

Duration: 14 days in July (excluding travel time to and from Mount Isa)

Coordinator: Associate Professor Gideon Rosenbaum

Cost: $550 for accommodation and transport around Mount Isa; $300 for round bus trip

Course cap: 35 students

How to apply: you'll need to complete an online expression of interest (EOI) form, so we can determine if you have an appropriate background. The course coordinator will assess your eligibility and advise you if you can enrol in this course or not. 

Contact: email our team for more information and to request an EOI form

ERTH3212: Geology of Coral Reefs trip to Heron Island

Description

This trip will help you forge a career in coral reefs. Image: Dr Tara Clark

This trip forms part of the elective course ERTH3212 Geology of Coral Reefs, and supports lectures and lab work. 

The trip will provide you with an introduction to geological research procedures and techniques, particularly if you're an earth scientist with an interest in modern or ancient reefs and limestone. It will also provide fundamental context if you're a biologist or environmental scientist wishing to pursue a career in coral reefs. 

Details

Course code: ERTH3212 Geology of Coral Reefs

Units: 2

Open to: 3rd-year domestic and international study-abroad undergraduates

Location: Heron Island, Queensland

Duration: 7 days in the semester 2 mid-semester break

Coordinator: Professor Greggory Webb

Cost: $790

Course cap: 24 students

How to apply: you'll need to complete an expression of interest (EOI) form, so we can determine if you have an appropriate background in either Palaeontology (ERTH2002), Sedimentology (ERTH2003), invertebrate biology, or similar. The course coordinator will assess your eligibility and advise you if you can enrol in this course or not. 

Contact: email our team