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BZ3225 - Field Ecology

Credit points: 03
Year: 2018
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject will focus on learning specific techniques biologists use to describe natural populations. Emphasis will be placed on common field techniques encountered regularly in peer-reviewed publications in Ecology. Students will learn how to employ these techniques in order to generate datasets, to distinguish when each technique is required, to interpret the results in the context of ecological hypotheses and to report these results in a professional manner. There may be additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.

There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • to gain experience in using common field techniques to gather ecological data from natural populations and communities, and to distinguish appropriate circumstances for each technique;
  • to develop understanding of analytical methods that accompany these techniques and their interpretation;
  • to gain experience of the logistic requirements involved in working in natural ecosystems.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of ecology level 2 and quantitative methods in biology, and should have completed BZ2880 and SC2202 OR SC2209 or equivalents.
Prerequisites: (SC2202 OR SC2209 OR BZ2001 OR BS2001) AND (BS2460 OR BZ2440 OR BZ2880 OR BS2470 OR BZ2420 OR BZ2480 OR MB2060)


Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 23-Aug-2018
Coordinator: Dr Brad Congdon
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Will Edwards, Dr Brad Congdon, Assoc. Professor Lucas Cernusak, Dr Lori Lach, Dr Tobin Northfield.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals
  • 39 hours fieldwork
Assessment: presentations (10%); assignments (40%); centrally-administered final exam (50%).

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