field study

Our Block Mode (short course) subjects offer flexibility to busy professionals looking to further their studies.

We are located close to the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropical Rainforests World Heritage Areas. Our region also has astonishing geological diversity and major world class minerals fields (Mt Isa and Charters Towers)

Our block mode subjects have been designed to

  • complement both advanced undergraduate and postgraduate studies

  • enhance the qualifications of professionals from government and non-government organisations, industry and education

Our school has a multidisciplinary approach and collaborates extensively with relevant private and government organisations. We think this has been an important factor in our success in producing informed, effective and skilled graduates who do extremely well in the workforce.

International students are welcome to take advantage of our flexible delivery subjects to add a tropical component to their studies over one or two semesters.

A quick overview of 2014 Short Course (Block Mode) subjects

2014 Short Course (Block Mode) subjects

January 2014

January 22 - 31 EV5209 – Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management (Townsville)

The protected area concept, global applications, current practices and issues, including regional reviews with emphasis on the tropics; National Parks and other national and international systems for nature conservation; role of IUCN; biogeographic foundations including SLOSS and other debates; comparative analysis and case studies; major issues facing protected area managers; primary research needs; electronic and other data sources. (no field component)

February 2014

February 02- February 08 EV3601/5601 – Social Impact Assessment: Environmental Management (Townsville)

Develop an awareness and understanding of the theoretical and practical processes of Social Impact Assessment. The history and development of Social Impact Assessment is presented along side practical learning of the processess. An intergral component of the planning degree program. (no field component)

March 2014

March 28 – 31EV3001/5001 – Environmental and Regional Planning

This subject focuses on the concepts and processes of environmental and regional planning and design. Human perceptions of environments, community participation and the process of designing/ planning for an acceptable balance between human use and the physical environment are part of this focus. This is aLIMITIED ATTENDANCE subject, running over SP1 and the final result will not be available until the SP1 release date in June. The field component/ face to face component runs from March 28-31 on Orpheus Island.

April 2014

April 14-17 EA3008/5090 – Advanced Hydrology (Cairns)

The subject presents advanced concepts and techniques in surface and groundwater hydrology. It will focus on today's major water resources issues in Australia and the rest of the World. It is intended to provide the students with an advanced understanding of the concepts and techniques necessary to identify, quantify, map and monitor the natural hydrological processes and assess the impact of activities. Case studies will be taken across a wide spectrum of space and time scales from large basins in Australia (eg Murray Darling) and the rest of the World (eg Amazon) to small local catchments. Special topics include dryland salinity, the impact of land use and climate change, water quality and pollution, recharge of aquifers, irrigation water, water resources development and environmental protection. (3 days field component)

April 14-17 EV3252/5252 – Indigenous Environmental Management (Cairns)

This subject explores Indigenous peoples roles in tropical environments in both Australia and across the world. Students obtain an introduction to core issues and concepts through lectures, workshops, seminars and reading material that reflects and accesses Indigenous perspectives on environmental management issues. They will also participate in a field experience with Indigenous environmental management organisations, traditional owners and other Indigenous Australians. Students are subsequently guided towards resources to enable them to synthesise their new understandings and complete the assessment requirements. (no field component)

June 2014

June 21 – June 25EV5010 - Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment (Cairns)

June 23 – June 28EV3010/9010 - Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment (Cairns)

The subject seeks to provide students with advanced capacities to understand the challenges that face planning for sustainable regions and settlements. It explores a number of key problems for settlements: sustainable management of marine and terrestrial resources, water use and allocation, regional sustainability, resilient communities, implications of climate change, carbon economy, food miles and the food supply, nature conservation and development. Case studies deal with a range of examples from land and sea environments of north Queensland. (24 hours fieldwork)

June 23 – July 03EV2900/5330 - Introductory Field Geology (Cairns, Townsville)

An introduction to the techniques of field geology inclusive of outcrop observation and analysis, the assessment of rock relationships, traversing techniques and stratigraphic analysis based on section logging. An introduction to the preparation and interpretation of geological maps using basic surveying map controls and aerial photographs; the interpretation of rock relationships and the construction of cross-sections; the assessment of stratigraphic and structural aspects of geological histories based on geological mapping.

There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details. (8 days fieldwork)

June 28 - July 22 EA9002 - Outback Field Course International (Townsville)

Detailed mapping of a selected area in the Mount Isa Inlier, interpretation and synthesis of field data (sedimentary, structural, metamorphic, igneous, economic), plotting maps and cross sections, geological report writing. There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details. (27 days fieldwork) Booklet about the course here

July 2014

July 05 – July 22 EA3510/5044-EA3511/5045 - Geological Mapping / Advanced Geological Mapping (Townsville)

Detailed mapping of a selected area in the Mount Isa Inlier, interpretation and synthesis of field data (sedimentary, structural, metamorphic, igneous, economic), plotting maps and cross sections, geological report writing. There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details. (18 days fieldwork)

July 12 – July 20 EV5602 - Urban Design Studio (Cairns)

This studio examines the scope, complexities and responsibilities of urban design. It provides a broad overview of the social, economic, environmental and regulatory factors shaping urban form, and goes on to develop a conceptual framework for effecting good urban design. The main theories, principles, concepts and methods that have influenced urban design practice from the late nineteenth century to the present are reviewed, with a view to examining their continuing validity. The studio's emphasis is on creating a socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and commercially feasible urban environment with reference to current urban design priorities such as urban consolidation and ecologically sustainable development. The subject is organised as studio sessions that are augmented with lectures/seminars devoted to current urban design practice. (no field component)

July 20 – July 26 EA3007/5018 Field Studies in Tropical Water and Soil Science (Cairns)

This is a field-based one-week intensive course that provides a practical introduction to hydrological, water quality, regolith and soil issues of the tropics. Our laboratory is Far North Queensland, with all its geologically and climatically diverse landscapes, including the Great Barrier Reef catchments. We study the natural processes and human impacts on the amount and quality of water flowing through rivers and aquifers. Topics include landscape water balance, hydrological monitoring and modelling, aquifer properties, transport and transformations of nutrients and contaminants, water quality assessment in the field and laboratory, soil erosion and degradation, dryland and irrigation salinity and water regulation. (7 days fieldwork)

November 2014

Nov 23 - Nov 29 EV5603/3603 Planning Legislation and Professional Practice (Townsville)

This subject covers the evolution of current legislation in Queensland and other relevant regulatory frameworks. It provides a basis for understanding the development process, including planning schemes, environmental impact assessment, subdivisional development, appeals and the jurisdiction of the Planning and Environment Court. (no field component)

Nov 23 – Nov 27 EV3506/5506 Remote Sensing (Cairns)

If you are training to become a town planner, an environmental scientist, a geographer, a geologist, a marine scientist, a biologist, a natural resource manager, this subject is for you. Become a leader in your field and learn how to generate your own spatial data instead of relying on old and often irrelevant information sources. The science of remote sensing is advancing rapidly as sophisticated sensors obtain data with increasingly detailed spatial, spectral, temporal resolution. This has resulted in our ability to extract quantitative, biophysical data (eg temperature, rainfall, biomass, vegetation cover, rock types and mineral composition, urban features). Such information is becoming increasingly important in many professions. This subject focuses on the application of airborne and satellite remote sensing to terrestrial environments for resource inventory, monitoring and environmental problem solving. The theory and practice of relevant image interpretation and digital image analysis techniques are covered through practical and project work.

Nov 24 – Dec 02 EV3014/5014 – Managing Tropical Fisheries (Townsville)

This subject examines the process of managing fisheries in tropical regions to ensure positive outcomes for fish stocks, ecosystems and human communities. The paradigm of fisheries as linked social-ecological systems will be used to develop an understanding about how biology, economics, human communities and legislative factors all contribute to outcomes in fisheries management. Case studies from tropical regions will be examined, including industrial, artisanal and recreational fisheries. Practical skills in achieving positive outcomes will be developed.(no field component)

Nov 28 – Dec 06 EV3014/5014 – World Heritage and National Estate Processes (Townsville)

The concepts of World Heritage and other internationally recognised protected areas (including Biosphere Reserves and Ramsar sites); international conventions in conservation; process of nomination and inscription; evaluation; regional reviews of World Heritage sites; identification of critical management issues; sources of information for World Heritage, including electronic access; the Australian register of the National Estate; nomination and evaluation processes; legislative issues and management implications. (2 days fieldwork)

December 2014

Dec 01 – Dec 07 EA3640/5640 – Advanced Marine Geoscience Technologies and Applications (Townsville)

This subject applies state-of-the art technologies to investigate coastal and marine processes and environments. It exposes students with a background in coastal and marine geomorphology and/or geology to state-of -the art methodologies, techniques and technologies. Content may include: seabed mapping and visualisation using sonar; advanced sediment analysis; measurement and analysis of waves and currents; research vessel operation; deep water data and sample collection. (24 hours field work)

Dec 08 – December 17 EV3502/5502 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (Townsville)This subject introduces participants to more advanced forms of spatial analysis, in both theory and practice. Topics to be covered include: raster modelling; spatial interpolation and terrain modellng; landscape ecology applications; spatial statistics; data quality and error analysis; GPS mapping; Web GIS design and development. (no field component)

Dec 08 – December 14 EV3502/5502 Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions(Cairns)This subject provides students with a broad understanding of the fundamental science underpinning natural and anthropogenic climate change and the likely impacts on natural and social systems in the 21st Century. It develops an understanding of mitigation and adaptation strategies to deal with the more adverse effects of climate change in developed and developing world contexts. The content will include an evaluation of the politics of climate change at the national and international levels and links between climate change and other global drivers such as population growth and land use change. Students will become familiar with application of climate change science and adaptation strategies to development practice. (no field component)