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MB3230 - Design and Analyses in Ecological Studies

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

This subject will examine both traditional methods and more advanced techniques in the design and analysis of ecological studies. It will address a range of areas of study commonly undertaken by marine biologists, particularly those involving animal growth, descriptions of populations and communities. Each topic will be centred around a case study using real data and will consider the biological background to the problem and experimental design, statistical analysis and interpretation appropriate to the problem.

Learning Outcomes

  • to encourage the ability to critically analyse and interpret field data and previously published scientific studies, allowing students to develop their own conclusions and ideas;
  • to facilitate students to develop competencies in scientific research, encompassing verbal, written, practical and group contexts;
  • to promote the development of problem solving skills, including the ability to tackle unfamiliar problems;
  • to provide the skills to present and interpret analyses in a biological context for the biological and ecological literature.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of biometrics and ecological principles, and should have completed BS2001or MB2060 at a level of Credit or better.
Prerequisites: Credit or better in (BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) OR MB2060
MB5230 AND MB3239


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Professor Marcus Sheaves
Lecturers: Professor Marcus Sheaves, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (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.