Environmental Science Field Intensives

Intensives and field units

The School of Environment offers a range of specific opportunities to develop field, technical and practical skills during undergraduate and postgraduate study. Students have the opportunity to undertake placements in the Northern Territory, as well as in Indonesia and Brazil.

We encourage student to take the opportunity to build professional, technical and other skills (such as team work, cross-cultural and communication skills) by including intensives in their study plan. Students should discuss their study plan with their course coordinator.

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Professional Experience

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SID300 Professional Practice in Science

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SID500 Professional Practice in Environmental Management

As students come towards the end of their degree it is time to start thinking about prospective employers, improving their professional profiles and identifying gaps to achieve desired career paths.

SID300/500 has been designed to assist students in this process. This unit consists of a professional placement (120 contact hours) which will allows students to expand their professional networks, to learn new and relevant technical skills and to gain a better understanding of workplace structure, process and ethics.

Semester: Semester 1

Contact: environment@cdu.edu.au

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International Intensives

Unit/CourseOutline

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SID300 & SID500

Galapagos Islands Field Intensive

(GIFI): evolution, conservation and management

A unique cooperation partnership between Charles Darwin University and the Charles Darwin Foundation on the Galapagos Islands will enable students enrolled in this unit to have hands-on experience learning about evolution, island biogeography, biodiversity and endemicity. Students will also learn about the main threats to islands and what is being done for their conservation and management.

Semester: Summer Semester 2018

Dates: Contact coordinator

Contact: environment@cdu.edu.au

Numbers: 14 places available

Duration: 2 weeks plus online study before and after intensive

Enrolment: TBC

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SID300 & SID500

Brazilian Amazon Field Intensive

(BAFI): Wildlife research, management and conservation

This unit provides an introduction to wildlife conservation in the Brazilian Amazon, while developing a range of skills in wildlife management and monitoring, which will involve data collection and analysis.

The two week field intensive will cover over 600km of the Amazon river between the two main field sites at the National Institute for Amazon Research (Manaus) and the Rio Trombetas Biological Reserve (Oriximina).

Students will learn about the physical environment, wildlife ecology, and the human-induced threats to the Amazon, as well as the many conservation management efforts within the Brazilian Amazon, which comprises 60% of the total biome.

Semester: Summer Semester 2018

Dates: 3-16 December 2018

Contact: environment@cdu.edu.au

Numbers: 16 places available

Duration: 2 weeks plus online study before and after intensive

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SID300 & SID500

Eastern Indonesian Engineering Field Intensive (EIEFI),

Nusa Cendana University,

Kupang, West Timor, Indonesia

In-country field intensive for students interested in natural resources management, livelihoods and rural development issues and practice. Students will work on real issues in rural communities in eastern Indonesia during a two week field studies placement in West Timor, Indonesia.

This unit runs in alternate years with the Eastern Indonesian Field Intensive (EIFI).

Semester: Study Period 2 (SP2) 2017

Unit Coordinator: Dr Penny Wurm

Contact: penny.wurm@cdu.edu.au or 08 8946 6355

Funding: New Colombo Plan Scholarships

Numbers: 7 places available

Duration: 15 days plus online study

Due date for applications: contact coordinator

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SID300 & SID500

Eastern Indonesian Field Intensive (EIFI),

Nusa Cendana University, Kupang, west Timor, Indonesia

In-country field intensive for students interested in natural resources management, livelihoods and rural development issues and practice. Students will work on real issues in rural communities in eastern Indonesia during a two week field studies placement in West Timor, Indonesia.

This unit runs in alternate years with the Eastern Indonesian Field Intensive (EIEFI).

Semester: Study Period 2 (SP2) 2018

Unit Coordinator: Dr Penny Wurm

Contact: penny.wurm@cdu.edu.au or 08 8946 6355

Funding: New Colombo Plan Scholarships

Numbers: 7 places available

Duration: 15 days plus online study

Due date for applications: Calls for EOI will be announced late 2017

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SID300 & SID500

Central Java Field Intensive (CJFI),

Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Students will complete a 3 - 4 week study program with the Faculty of Biology at UGM, where they will study and research under the supervision of a UGM academic staff member.

Students will focus on a project in tropical zoology, tropical botany, tropical biodiversity or biodiversity management.

There is also an optional, 1-week language and culture course available before the start of the intensive, offered on campus at UGM. Note that due to the dates for Ramadan this year, Week 2 of the intensive overlaps with  Week 1 of Semester 2, so participants will need to plan for that.

Semester: Study Period 2 (SP2)

Unit Coordinator: Dr Penny Wurm

Contact: penny.wurm@cdu.edu.au or 08 8946 6355

Funding: New Colombo Plan Scholarships (Commonwealth guidelines: domestic students only, under 28 years with one scholarship available for > 28 year for each 10 recipients)

Numbers: Minimum of 5 and maximum 12 places available

Duration: 14 days (optional additional week for language training also at Gadjah Mada University)

Applications due date: contact coordinator

Due date for enrolment, travel documents and pre-departure checklists:

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Darwin Based Intensives

Unit/CourseOutline

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SID300 & SID500

Remotely Piloted Aircraft: Learning to fly and Survey

This course will introduce students to the rapidly and evolving application of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), commonly known as drones or UAV,s. This rapidly evolving technology is now widely used in the environment sector and a diversity of other vocations, including disaster and emergency management, mineral resource extraction, agriculture, and media. The ability to fly RPAS is becoming a valuable skill and the market for RPAS services is predicted to grow ten-fold over the next decade. Undertaking this course will give you the licensing, knowledge-base and practical skills to operate RPAS safely for commercial use.

Semester: Study Period 2 (SP2)

Dates: TBC

Contact: environment@cdu.edu.au

Numbers: 20 places available

Duration: 2 weeks plus online study before and after intensive

Enrolment: TBC

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ENV201 Introductory Ecology

(includes 3 day intensive fieldtrip)

This unit provides an introduction to ecology at the population, community and ecosystems levels. Students will have the opportunity to learn field techniques and apply their understanding of ecological theory during a three day field component.

Semester: Semester 1 (S1)

Contact: environment@cdu.edu.au

Numbers: no cap on places

Duration: 3 days plus weekly online and/or classroom activities throughout semester 

Enrolment: Standard enrolment procedures 

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ENV203 Field Survey and Monitoring Skills:

This unit provides the opportunity to gain practical experience in a range of environmental survey and monitoring techniques on a 5 day field intensive. The unit provides a basis for further study across broad areas of environmental management and develops field based skills commonly used for environmental assessment.

Semester: Semester 2 (S2) mid-semester break

Contact: environment@cdu.edu.au

Numbers: no cap on places

Duration: 5 days plus online study

Enrolment: Standard enrolment procedures 

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ENV306 & ENV506

Environmental Monitoring & Modelling

This unit explores the synergies between natural resource-based enterprise development and local and Indigenous livelihoods. It features a five day, Darwin-based, intensive which includes field trips to experience first-hand natural resource based enterprise in a variety of cultural, environmental and commercial settings.

Semester: Semester 3 (S3)

Unit Coordinator: Shaun Levick

Contact: shaun.levick@cdu.edu.au

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ENV317 & ENV517

Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods

This unit explores the synergies between natural resource-based enterprise development and local and Indigenous livelihoods. It features a five day, Darwin-based, intensive which includes field trips to experience first-hand natural resource based enterprise in a variety of cultural, environmental and commercial settings.

Semester: Semester 3 (S3)

Unit Coordinator: Julian Gorman

Contact: julian.gorman@cdu.edu.au

Numbers: 25 places available

Duration: 5 days plus online study

Enrolment: Please contact the Unit Coordinator for manual enrolment 

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ENV323 Environmental Microbiology

This unit focusses on the use of DNA based approaches to understand the ecology of microorganisms. Through the use of a case study approach and hands on laboratory experiences students will be introduced to the current techniques used to measure how microorganisms respond to changes in the environment.

Semester: Semester 3 (S3)

Unit Coordinator: Professor Karen Gibb

Dates: TBC

Contact: karen.gibb@cdu.edu.au

Numbers: 25 places available

Duration: 2 weeks (10 days) plus online study

Enrolment: Standard enrolment procedures 

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Remote Australian Intensives

UnitOutlineInformation and Contact Details

SID300 & SID500

CAPSTAN (National Collaborative Australian Postgraduate Sea Training Alliance Network)

CAPSTAN (National Collaborative Australian Postgraduate Sea Training Alliance Network) is a national post-graduate at-sea training initiative on CSIRO’s Marine National Facility research vessel RV Investigator.
CDU has subscribed to the CAPSTAN program. This means we have secured two places for CDU MEM students, with interests and skills in marine science, each year for the next 2 years.
The Second voyage is set to take place 29th April departing from Hobart, arriving Fremantle, Western Australia 9th May 2018.
We are seeking expressions of interest from students in the Master of Environmental Management, ahead of applications opening in October 2017.
Please email your name and email contact to keep up to date to environment@cdu.edu.au
Semester: Semester 1
Start Date: 29 April 2018
Unit Coordinator: Dr Penny Wurm
Contact: penny.wurm@cdu.edu.au  or 08 8946 6355
Numbers: 2 places available
Duration: 10 days
Due date for applications: contact coordinator
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CAPSTAN

ENV315 & ENV515 Desert Field Ecology:

Starts at CDU Campus, Alice Springs

This advanced ecology unit focuses on the unique characteristics and challenges of studying ecology and managing environments in the Australian arid zone. The unit hinges on a 7-day field intensive during which students will be active participants in field based research which will contribute to ecological understanding of desert environments.

Semester: Study Period 2 (SP2)

Unit Coordinator: Dr Christine Schlesinger 

Contact

E: christine.schlesinger@cdu.edu.au
T: 08 8959 5218

Numbers: 20 places available

Duration: 7 days plus online study

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ENV316 & ENV516

Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia;

Starts at CDU Campus, Darwin

This unit introduces the tropical savanna biome and landscapes of northern Australia, while developing a range of skills in field survey and data collection, management and analysis. Central to the unit is a 10 day field program, during which students will investigate environmental gradients and ecosystem function by assessing landforms, soil and vegetation.

Semester: Study Period 2 (SP2)

Unit Coordinator: Professor Lindsay Hutley

Contact

E: linsday.hutley@cdu.edu.au
T: 08 8946 7103

Numbers: 20 places available

Duration: 10 days plus online study

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Global Mobility: Study Abroad and Exchange

One of Charles Darwin University’s strategic goals is to provide students with opportunities to study overseas. Why not combine study with adventure and enrich your CDU degree by taking advantage of one of the mobility or exchange programs that are currently on offer around the world?

Students can visit the Global Mobility page to explore opportunities. There is also a list of universities worldwide that have an existing agreement with CDU. This is a useful place to start considering ideas for exchange or study abroad.

Units with significant field components and other opportunities

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ENV303 & ENV503

Ecological Restoration and Conservation

This unit builds on ENV202 and develops theoretical and applied knowledge in identifying ecological issues for the repair of degraded land and management of biota. Students carry out a field exercise to compare disturbed and undisturbed vegetation communities. The field exercise can be carried out on campus or remotely.

Semester: Semester 2

Dates: TBC

Contact: environment@cdu.edu.au

Numbers: no cap on places

Duration: 12 week unit, field activity approximately two days

Enrolment: Standard 2017 enrolment procedures 

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Bachelor of Science Honours


The one-year Honours course (two years part-time) provides an opportunity for students to study a particular area in depth and gain experience in project management.

Students can elect to do a field based project and obtain training in research techniques and principles, develop advanced analysis and problem solving skills and develop skills to effectively communicate scientific information in written and oral formats.

Students are encouraged to look through the potential projects available and the Honours Course Handbook on the website for further information.


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Bare Sand Island Sea Turtle Research Field Camp

The annual Bare Sand Island Sea Turtle Research Field Camp is open to all volunteers from CDU and from outside organisations and the general public. Participation in the field work is geared to the individual's capabilities, previous experience and expectations.

Students should refer to the AusTurtle website for specific trip dates.

Students wishing to gain credit for their Bare Sand Island fieldwork need to enrol in SID300 Professional Practice in Science and complete 120 hours of work towards a project based on their Bare Sand Island fieldwork. SID300 students need to discuss the project options with the field leader, Mick Guinea, and unit coordinator, Julian Gorman, to investigate tailoring the field work to meet SID300 requirements.

The Bare Sand Island field camp is a unique and exciting experience for students in a spectacular natural environment.

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