Access to iLearn is required to complete assessment tasks and to access unit resources.
On campus session:
Attendance at both days of the on campus session and for the entirety to the field trip is compulsory. Students who fail to attend the on campus session or to pay the required fee by the due date will forfeit their place in the unit. Any individual anticipating difficulties meeting a due date must discuss and make arrangements with the unit convener well in advance of the due date.
The fieldtrip fee is $850 and must be paid to the University Cashier prior to the census date (on or before March 25th). See iLearn for the payment form. Any student who is unable to pay by this date or for whom the fee is prohibitive should contact the unit convener as extensions or assistance may be possible.
Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs to and from the Gladstone Marina. See Unit schedule section for dates. See: http://www.heronisland.com/Getting-Here.aspx for additional information.
During the field trip students are expected to act in an exemplary manner and follow staff instructions. This is especially true of any requirement imposed by the Heron Island Research Station, Macquarie University Risk and Assurance, Animal Ethics, and/or the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Any student who fails to behave as expected will be asked to leave the field trip at their own expense and will be unable to satisfactorily complete the unit.
The field activities are physically strenuous and we will be preparing and eating communal meals. Students must inform the unit staff of any dietary restrictions, food allergies or potential medical issues at (or before) the on campus session so that arrangements can be made (see iLearn). Contact the unit convener and/or technical officer with any concerns.
Any student with special considerations must inform unit staff at or before the on campus session so that accomodations can be organised with campus well being.
Staff will make every effort to provide snorkelling opportunities, but snorkelling activities are dependant on weather conditions and participation is dependant student swimming capabilities. The Macquarie University Snorkelling Manual (https://wiki.mq.edu.au/display/unisnorkelling/Snorkelling+Operations+Manual) and the University of Queensland Dive Manual (https://www.uq.edu.au/heron-island-research-station/filething/get/422/divingweb.pdf) will govern our snorkelling activities. During the on campus session students will have the opportunity to undertake a timed 200m swim without fins. Students who 200m in < 5 minutes will likely have more opportunities to snorkel than those swimming 200m in > 5 minutes.
Students are encouraged to practice swimming prior to the on campus session and swim lessons are available through the Macquarie University Swim Program (http://www.mq.edu.au/about/campus-services-and-facilities/sport-and-recreation/swim-school). Student who are concerned about their swimming capabilities should discuss it with the unit convener.
Additional information on what to bring is provided at the on campus session and via iLearn, but appropriate field attire is required and students are strongly encouraged to bring snorkeling equipment.