The Faculty of Science and Engineering places a strong focus on preparing our undergraduate students for employment after graduation. This preparation includes students undertaking fieldwork as part of their studies. Fieldwork provides hands-on environmental practice, interactive learning experiences, and the application of classroom knowledge and skills.
Fieldwork is a component of many of the units taught in our courses. Depending on the course and units undertaken, students participate in field trips in a variety of settings including:
- Accessing rivers, lakes and estuaries to study water quality and wildlife
- Exploring coastal formations to study rock pools and marine life
- Going out on boats to observe whales and dolphins
- Visiting native forests and plantations to hone land-management skills.
There are up to 40 excursions organised by the School throughout the year, from day trips to field camps of up to 10 days. All fieldwork activity involves comprehensive instruction on occupational health and safety responsibilities, and once in the field students are supervised by our staff who not only have expert knowledge of the unit content, but up-to-date training in first aid.