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BZ5001 - Quantitative Methods in Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

Available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Science or Masters of Development Practice.

A graduate-level approach to experimental and survey design and analysis. Topics include the principles of ecological and biological sampling design; hypothesis generation for ecological and biological experiments; collection of biological and ecological data; manipulations and interpretation of biological and ecological data; statistical methods used in biology and ecology; and the production of biological and ecological reports. Students will be required to attend BZ2001 lectures and tutorials.

Learning Outcomes

  • to develop skills in selecting and applying appropriate analytical methods to biological and ecological data;
  • to develop skills in the design, execution and reporting of biological and ecological experiments and survey programs;
  • to develop the necessary computer skills for data management, analysis and graphical presentation.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to appraise information critically;
  • The ability to conceptualise and evaluate a range of potential solutions to relevant problems.
Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (eg biology or environmental science) or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study.
BS2001 BS5001 BZ2001


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Will Edwards.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
Assessment: tutorial exams (50%); field assignments (30%); lecture exams (20%).

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Will Edwards, Empro Rhondda Jones, Empro Ross Alford, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 35 hours lectures
  • 16 hours tutorials
  • 8 hours - Field work
Assessment: tutorial exams (50%); field assignments (30%); lecture exams (20%).

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.