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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Provides students with theoretical, practical and technical training in the principles and safe practice of diving as it relates to research in marine science. Successful completion of the unit will provide students with an entry-level Scientific Diving qualification (Australian Skills Quality Authority, Nationally Recognised training course RTD3508A: Perform diving for scientific purposes), which is recognised across the marine science sector in Australia and is essential for those continuing in postgraduate studies, or seeking work, that involves diving. The unit includes classroom and in situ instruction and assessment in a range of underwater survey methods, Occupational Health and Safety requirements, planning and logistics and best practice diving techniques. Data management and analysis pertaining to common underwater survey techniques will also be introduced and assessed.

Unit content

PADI Scientific Diver content (RTD3508A: Perform diving for scientific purposes)
An introduction to scientific diving (restricted occupational diving) in the workplace
Workplace Health and Safety requirements and safe diving practice
Environmentally sensitive (low impact) diving
Underwater visual census for fish
Quadrats and transects for large invertebrates
Underwater video techniques
Underwater photography
Case studies of other sampling methods and scientific diving tasks
Trip planning and logistics

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 plan and undertake underwater surveys across a range of habitats and conditions focusing on safety, fulfilling WH&S requirements, best-practise diving techniques, and environmental considerations
2 choose the most appropriate survey designs and methods to maximise outcomes of diving surveys
3 safely and rigorously collect a range of data types from underwater environments
4 provide sound interpretation of underwater surveys taking relevant factors into consideration (e.g. observer error, limitations and biases of methods).

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. plan and undertake underwater surveys across a range of habitats and conditions focusing on safety, fulfilling WH&S requirements, best-practise diving techniques, and environmental considerations
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. choose the most appropriate survey designs and methods to maximise outcomes of diving surveys
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. safely and rigorously collect a range of data types from underwater environments
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. provide sound interpretation of underwater surveys taking relevant factors into consideration (e.g. observer error, limitations and biases of methods).
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.