The Blue Planet Snowy Mountains Trip
Health and wellbeing
Look after yourself: 2 nights away from home
For some students, two nights is a long time to be away from support networks and students are strongly encouraged to think about how they will manage their physical and mental health while on the trip. First aid officers can assist by arranging storage for medical equipment/medicine and arranging transport to medical facilities if needed. Students should be aware that the university's insurance policy does not cover pre-existing conditions.
Field trips typically involve extended periods of work and leisure time spent with other people, resulting in limited time alone or privacy. Students who feel they would benefit from time alone or in quiet locations should discuss the options with the course convener.
If you need to miss part of the trip due to health or other reasons, we can discuss alternative assessment arrangements.
During the trips you will work alongside other students for extended periods of time, including during non-academic time. It is essential that you understand and respect the varying needs of other members of the group during the trip. If this might be an issue for you, please talk to the course convener at the beginning of the semester. We can talk through the issues, suggest strategies to improve the situation and facilitate discussions with other group members.
To fully participate, students must have the mental and physical endurance to manage long days mostly spent outdoors and possibly in adverse weather (temperatures around 0 degrees and wind/rain). On a typical day, formal activities will begin around 8am and end at 5pm, with a break for lunch during the day. There are some options for students to take rest breaks instead of participating in particular activities (students must then submit alternative work later). Students should approach the course convener at the beginning of the semester for more information about these options.
Day 1 of the field trip will be altogether 5 hours of walking (with breaks along the way for discussions/food/drink). Students should have the physical ability to walk for this combined amount of time without too much difficulty.
- Boots that provide ankle support (hiking boots) - Runners are adequate but do not provide you with ankle support for the long walk
- Rain Jacket
- Long Pants
- Warm jumper/jacket
Tasks and activities
Interpreting the visual features of the environment
During the field trip, students will apply the knowledge learnt in class to observe and interpret visual features in the environment. Students can use magnifying equipment to enhance their ability to make visual observations. If students require visual features to be described to them by someone else, they must discuss this with the course convener at the beginning of the semester
Students typically work in groups to perform simple measurements in the field. Students who cannot perform these tasks themselves can use measurements taken by other group members while contributing to the planning and interpretation - please discuss this with the course convenor prior to the trip.
Students will be listening to content delivered by staff whilst in the field (outside). While collecting field data, students will have to listen, discuss and coordinate with each other as small group. If you think that you may have difficulty doing this, please discuss this with the course convener at the beginning of the semester.
Part of the assessment surrounding this field trip is a group presentation. Students will be required to record either a podcast or video presentation (as part of a group) and submit several weeks after the field trip (see Field Trip folder on Wattle for more details).
Students who feel they are unable to present can discuss the possibility of alternative arrangements with the course convenor at the beginning of the semester.
Students typically make field notes and sketches of their observations which they then refer to in their submitted work. Students can take notes in a range of formats (e.g. typing into an electronic device, recording verbal observations). If students require assistance to take notes (e.g. working with another student who will be the scribe), they should discuss this with the course convener at the beginning of the semester.