Field Data Acquisition and Analysis

Subject 421-325 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 4-day field camp totalling 28 hours, plus a day of lectures will be held in the week prior to semester, 8 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial/practical classes.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 421-103 Engineering Statics, 421-210 Environmental Engineering, 431-202 Engineering Analysis B
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Michael Stewardson
Subject Overview:

At the conclusion of this subject students should be able to select, commission and use a range of electronic data aquisition devices. They should be familiar with some important instrumentation, sampling theory and field techniques and have an appreciation of how to use and interpret environmental measurements.

Topics covered include sampling principles, electric circuit laws, calibration and errors, standards, transducer physics, transducer selection, fault diagnostics, digital signal processing, measurement system design (including environmental, occupational health, data quality control, management, social and technical considerations) stream gauging, water quality evaluation, meteorological observation, land surface measurement, and stream condition and habitat assessment.

Assessment: Participation in (10%) and group reporting (600 words per student) on (15%) field activities during the pre-semester field camp, two written 30 minute tests during pre-semester field camp (5%), one written assignment of 1000 words to be submitted during the second week of semester (20%), two group assignments of 2000 words each to be submitted near the middle and the end of the semester (5% and 35% respectively), four reflective journals spaced throughout the semester (5%) and participation in an online discussion forum (5%) during the first 8 weeks of semester.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals

  • in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline

  • ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution

  • ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance

  • ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member

  • understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development

  • capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement) Environmental
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Science

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