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BZ3230 - Ecological Research Methods

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

A two-week intensive field course situated in the lowland rainforests of northern Australia. Students will obtain the research skills required to operate within one of the world's most biologically diverse biomes, including experimental and survey design, data collection, analysis and reporting. The subject emphasises the techniques available to measure ecological response variables and students gain first-hand experience in the generation, design, running and reporting of an ecological research project. This is a capstone subject for the undergraduate degree in Zoology and Ecology. A subject that synthesises the culmination of knowledge and skills learned over the whole degree.

Learning Outcomes

  • work collaboratively to collect and analyse data and communicate findings;
  • develop experience conducting research in tropical field settings;
  • apply knowledge of independent field research requirements in professional practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Project report - (25%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 2 - (10%) - Individual.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of ecology and quantitative methods to describe biological responses and should have BS2460 or BZ2880 and SC2202 or SC2209 or equivalents.
Prerequisites: (SC2202 OR SC2209 OR BS2001 OR BZ2001) AND (BS2460 OR BZ2490 OR BZ2440 OR BZ2880)
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
BZ5220 ZL3042 ZL5042 BZ3400 BZ5400 BZ5230

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 10, Intensive
Census Date 07-Dec-2023
Face to face teaching 20-Nov-2023 to 01-Dec-2023
Coordinator: Professor Susan Laurance
Lecturers: Professor Susan Laurance, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours workshops - Field work and regular supervisor meetings
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 10, Intensive
Census Date 07-Dec-2023
Face to face teaching 20-Nov-2023 to 01-Dec-2023
Coordinator: Professor Susan Laurance
Lecturers: Professor Susan Laurance, Dr Lyanne Brouwer, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours workshops - Field work and regular supervisor meetings
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.