Earth Geological mapping trip
Health and wellbeing
Look after yourself: 4 nights away from home
Four nights can be 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.
Students should complete the entire trip unless unexpected situations arise. If you are unable to manage your health away from Canberra, please talk to the convenor at the beginning of semester about alternative assignments instead of participating in the field trip.
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. We can talk through the issues, suggest strategies to improve the situation and facilitate discussions with other group members.
As an indication, on a typical day, breakfast is available between 7.30 to 8.30 am and the bus departs for the field at 9 am with a break for lunch. We return to the accommodation by 6 pm and students have a short break before dinner at 7 pm. In the evening students must complete compulsory homework, which may involve working until 10pm.
Students who attend the trip must participate in all activities and complete the homework each night. If you are unable to manage this workload, please talk to the convenor at the beginning of semester about alternative assignments instead of participating in the field trip.
Sunsafe clothes required (long-sleeve shirts, hat, sunglasses).
Rain jacket strongly recommended.
Weather can be either cold or warm during this time of year. It is suggested you bring adequate warm clothes with options for if the weather warms up.
Sensible closed in shoes required to be let into the field. Hiking books recommended but not compulsory.
Tasks and activities
Interpreting the environment through sight and touch
During the field trip, students will identify rocks and interpret the environment based on visual features and their sense of touch. Students can use magnifying equipment to enhance their ability to make visual observations - please discuss this with the course convenor. If you are unable to do this, you will not be able to participate in the trip - please talk to the course convenor at the beginning of semester about alternative assessment.
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.
Students are required to take handwritten field notes and/or record data while working in the field. In the evening, students complete further tasks including writing, drawing, and colouring. If you think that you may be unable to do this, please talk to the course convenor about alternative assessment to the field trip at the beginning of semester.