Animal ecologists use photographs to convey information about animals such as their anatomy and physiology, habitat, behaviour and health for use in identification guides, scientific journals, environmental assessments, and other media. You will build on your knowledge of animal ecology and learn how to capture and present still images following ethical practices. You will learn about image composition, camera operation, post-production editing, and field- and laboratory- techniques. You will apply your skills during an intensive field course, and present your work as a photographic portfolio.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – The tutorials (Lectorials) will run from week 2 to week 8. Another tutorial will run in week 10. So 8 in total.||2hrs||Week 2||8 times|
|Fieldwork – Fieldwork will take place in Week 8 starting on the Friday. The field trip takes place at 4 locations and runs on 4 days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday of week 8 and Monday of week 9).||32hrs||Week 8||Once Only|
1. Understanding how a digital camera operates and the basic elements of a digital camera.2.Photography, Macro photography, Micro photography, Thermal photography and Video imaging.3. Using a digital camera to capture images and Photoshop® editing software to enhance them. 4. Skills for photographing animals in the wild, including techniques for setting up and using animal hides, and for stalking timid animals in the wild. 5.Elements of digital images and how to use them to communicate information in animal ecology. 6. Constructing a portfolio which contains photos of animals illustrating their anatomical features, habitat, and behaviour.
200 Level (Developing)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Demonstrate and apply knowledge of how elements of a still image combine to convey specific information relevant to the study of animal ecology, and the basics of how a digital camera works.||
Creative and critical thinker
|2||Critically analyse and solve problems in photography to illustrate animal identification, habitats, behaviour and physiology in a scientific manner.||
Creative and critical thinker
|3||Construct and capture images to convey specific scientific information for research and communication in animal ecology.||
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
ANM100 and 2 of (ANM102 or ANM103 or ANM104 or SCI102) and enrolled in Program SB303 or SC320
Students should have a basic working knowledge of a DSLR camera, be able to download images from their camera, and to access them through Photoshop. This course will not cover basic computer knowledge and skills, but these will be essential to successfully complete the course.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
The online quiz (Task 1) will early feedback to students.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
30 multiple choice questions
|Week 5||Online Submission|
|Week 7||In Class|
12-15 photos, 3000 words
|Week 12||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Online Assessment|
The goal of this task is for you to demonstrate and apply knowledge of the general working principles of a digital camera, including being able to predict the correct settings required to achieve a suitable image.
Students will work independently to complete an online multiple-choice quiz by the due date.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Presentation|
Demonstrate and apply knowledge regarding the structure and working of a digital camera and photographic elements to design images that convey specified scientific information for research and communication in animal ecology.
A 10-minute presentation, plus 5 minutes for questions/discussion. You will be assessed individually (30%). You will present a detailed timeline of how you will spend the field trip. You will be marked based on your organisational ability and the practicality of your plan (10%), and your presentation and justification of your plan (10%). Individually you will describe one type of image you aim to capture, and explain how you will go about capturing it. You will be marked on your ability to 1) Anticipate which species you might find, and how you will go about setting up and capturing the shot (5%) and 2) Explain the necessary digital settings to capture your image given the expected conditions outlined in your plan (5%).This task provides the preliminary work for Task 3. Images may include some or all of the photos required for your photographic portfolio (Task 3).
|All - Assessment Task 3:Photo Portfolio|
The goal of this task is to apply your knowledge of animal ecology and photography to illustrate animal habitats, animal behaviour and animal physiology.
Produce a portfolio of images that communicate your intended message, including a description of how each final image was achieved and the information required to recreate each photograph. You will produce a photographic portfolio that will contain 12-15 images. These images will be in organised into groups of 3-4, which will address each of the headings outlined below. Images for Scientific IdentificationThese images will be designed to best facilitate identification of the subject species. They will include at least one whole-body image, plus other images that illustrate the key identifying features of the particular species (e.g. labial scales, toe pads, etc.). Techniques may include the provision of adequate lighting and the use of macro photography. Images illustrating aspects of Animal HabitatsThese images will illustrate an aspect of the habitat of the species of interest. These images will be taken in the field using some or all of the techniques and skills acquired in this course. Images illustrating aspects of Animal BehaviourThese images will illustrate an aspect of the behaviour of the species of interest. These images will be taken in the field using some or all of the techniques and skills acquired in this course. Images illustrating aspects of Animal PhysiologyThese images will illustrate an aspect of the physiology of the species of interest. These images will be taken in the field using some or all of the techniques and skills acquired in this course. Each group of images will be accompanied by short descriptions (100-150 words, max total 3000), outlining the species, significance of the image (e.g. which habitat/behaviour is being illustrated), techniques used to set up the image, camera settings used to capture the image, details of the post-processing (if required), and the ethics involved in capturing the image.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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You will be required to have access to a digital camera. You should also be familiar with its use and have a good to fair ability to compose images.
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