Fieldwork II
Cod: 21119
Department: DCET
Scientific area: Environmental Science and Technology
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 78

This course provides the practical component for the application, consolidation and development of the theoretical knowledge learned in earth and life science courses and also in environmental and technological sciences, throughout the 1st year (major) and 1st semester of 2nd year of the degree in Environmental Sciences.

  1. Field activities
  2. Environmental technologies
  3. New rural realities
  4. Environmental management tools

• Developing group work abilities.
• Working in multidisciplinary teams as far as Environmental Sciences are concerned.
• Developing a critical and self-critical attitude.
• Communicating effectively with individuals, groups, communities and incorporating populations.
• Developing self-training competences and objectivity.

This course, consisting of 3 blocks as discriminated below:
 I - Block Preparation: system online, virtual classroom environment, valuing the forms of asynchronous communication. The methodology adopted follows the Pedagogical Model in force at UAB, for the courses of the 1st cycle. The main objective is to provide the theoretical knowledge required to further implement some of the practical activities that are held face to face (block II).
 II - Block face to face: during one week (5 days). Each of the activities planned will be guided by practical guide, which should include objectives, proposed activities and indication of support materials, including multimedia resources. This module takes place in a region of Portugal, selected annually for this purpose. They include activities such as: implementation of biological /geographical / geological / ecological pathways; visiting units of production of organic certification; contact with local authorities and local associations; visits to rural/ecological tourism units; visit organizations with environmental certification (eg ISO 14001 or EMAS); visits to a municipal system of waste management, a visit to wastewater Treatment plan, among others.
 III – Block post-field activities, due on-line, in virtual classroom environment, valuing the forms of asynchronous communication. In this block, students will be guided by the tutor to prepare a project work to be done from a number of subjects submitted annually by Bachelor teacher members. Each student will be tutored by a teacher.

Study materials - see course unit webpage at the e-learning platform.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).