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BZ5225 - Field Ecology

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

Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Master of Science, Graduate Certificate of Research Methods, Postgraduate Diploma of Research Methods, Bachelor of Science (Advanced), Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Development Practice.

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 (BS5460 or BZ5880 or BS5470 or BZ5480 or equivalents) and quantitative methods in biology, and should have completed BS5460 and SC5205 or equivalents.
Prerequisites: (SC5202 OR BS5001 OR BZ5001)


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
  • 3 hours tutorials
  • 39 hours practicals
  • 39 hours fieldwork
Assessment: presentations (10%); assignments (40%); centrally-administered final exam (50%).

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.