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BZ5230 - Ecological Research Methods

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to students admitted to the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Graduate Certificate of Science, Master of Science, Master of Science (Professional), Graduate Certificate of Research Methods, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice or Graduate Diploma of Development Practice.

This subject presents the conceptual framework underlying the disciplines of population and community ecology. Topics presented include population growth, species interactions, community patterns and dynamics and determinants of diversity. 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • gain an ability to critically evaluate original research;
  • gain experience in all aspects of independent field research;
  • develop understandings of requirements of independent field research.

Subject Assessment

  • presentations (10%)
  • assignments (25%)
  • research proposal and seminar (15%)
  • centrally-administered final exam (50%).
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of ecology and quantitative methods to describe biological responses and should have (BZ5880 OR BS5460 and SC5202) or equivalents.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
BZ5220 ZL3042 ZL5042 BZ3220 BZ3400 BZ5400 BZ3230

Availabilities

Townsville, Intensive, Study Period 10
Census Date 10-Dec-2020
Face to face teaching (Dates TBC)
Workload expectations:

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

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

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals - 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.