This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.
At the residential school students gain field experience in vegetation sampling, monitoring and assessment techniques in carefully selected and contrasting natural ecosystems. Such skills are critical in developing field skills and enhancing students abilities to develop techniques appropriate to particular site conditions. Data that students collect at the residential school are collated, pooled and analysed in a major assessment item to provide experience in collating and analysing large ecological datasets. The residential school also provides experience in working as a team and collaborating in professional activities which is often critical for field surveys in environmental science. Such field experience is essential if students are to complete this subject with a variety of specialised skills in designing and implementing monitoring and management strategies for plant populations and vegetation communities