Field Data Acquisition and Analysis

Subject 421-525 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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 5-day field camp totalling 35 hours 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:


Dr Michael Stewardson


Dr. Michael Stewardson
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ph: + 61 3 8344 7750
Subject Overview: Environmental engineering practice frequently requires the observation of environmental conditions. This subject provides practical experience in taking environmental measurement and team-based learning in the design of monitoring and assessment programs. Topics covered include selecting measurement variables and instruments; design of a field sampling program and field data analysis.
Objectives: At the conclusion of this subject students should be able to design an environmental monitoring program, with a particular emphasis on hydrological systems. 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. Students will gain experience in stream gauging, water quality evaluation, meteorological observation, land surface measurement, and stream condition and habitat assessment.
Assessment: Participation in (10%) and group presentations on (10%) field activities during the pre-semester field camp, one written assignment of 1000 words to be submitted during the second week of semester (20%), a group assignment of 3000 words per student submitted in parts during the semester (30%), oral presentation of group assignment (5%), four reflective journals spaced throughout the semester (5%), two quizzes during semester (15%), 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:

On successful completion, students will have experience in:

  • 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
Master of Development Technologies
Master of Energy Studies
Master of Engineering Project Management
Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Environmental Engineering
Master of Water Resource Management

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