Coursework and Credit
Participants of the Australia
program earned two Biological Sciences credits (BSCI288). The course
requirements were as follows:
- Two group meetings prior
- An individual presentation:
each student was assigned an organism (e.g kangaroo, funnel web spider,
saltwater crocodile, cassowary bird, etc.) on which to give a brief
presentation while in Australia. This was a way to teach the group
more details about the plants and animals that they saw-or at least
hoped to see-while abroad.
- A journal: students recorded
their daily observations in a journal; they later turned these in
to be graded. What new birds did they identify? How was this snorkeling
site different from the last? What did they notice about the mangrove
environment? The journal as meant to record scientific observations
and comparisons as well as personal experiences and thoughts.
- A research project: on
Lizard Island, students broke into groups and conducted research projects.
These ranged from tracking the Island's goyana lizards to comparing
diversity and quantity of life in the island's rubble zones.