Provides students with theoretical, practical and technical training in the principles and safe practice of diving as it relates to research in marine science. Successful completion of the unit will provide students with an entry-level Scientific Diving qualification (Australian Skills Quality Authority, Nationally Recognised training course RTD3508A: Perform diving for scientific purposes), which is recognised across the marine science sector in Australia and is essential for those continuing in postgraduate studies, or seeking work, that involves diving. The unit includes classroom and in situ instruction and assessment in a range of underwater survey methods, Occupational Health and Safety requirements, planning and logistics and best practice diving techniques. Data management and analysis pertaining to common underwater survey techniques will also be introduced and assessed.
PADI Scientific Diver content (RTD3508A: Perform diving for scientific purposes)
An introduction to scientific diving (restricted occupational diving) in the workplace
Workplace Health and Safety requirements and safe diving practice
Environmentally sensitive (low impact) diving
Underwater visual census for fish
Quadrats and transects for large invertebrates
Underwater video techniques
Case studies of other sampling methods and scientific diving tasks
Trip planning and logistics
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||plan and undertake underwater surveys across a range of habitats and conditions focusing on safety, fulfilling WH&S requirements, best-practise diving techniques, and environmental considerations||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|2||choose the most appropriate survey designs and methods to maximise outcomes of diving surveys||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||safely and rigorously collect a range of data types from underwater environments||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|4||provide sound interpretation of underwater surveys taking relevant factors into consideration (e.g. observer error, limitations and biases of methods)||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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