MB5300 - Sampling and Experimental Design
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Available to Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Graduate Certificate of Research
Methods, Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Master of Applied
Science, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development
Practice, Master of Science, Master of Development Practice.
A two week intensive subject which aims at revising and extending knowledge of the
design of sampling and monitoring programs in marine environments and the design of
manipulative experiments. The subject concentrates on the development of sampling
strategies and experiments, emphasising theoretical, practical and statistical considerations.
The first week of the subject involves lectures and computer workshops on sampling
design and statistical analyses. The 2nd week of the subject includes a field trip
to Orpheus Island research station during which student's apply theoretical content
acquired in week 1. The field trip is primarily devoted to student's developing and
undertaking an independent, field based, research project in coral reef ecology. Students
will incur extra costs for field expenses.
- have revised and acquired a thorough understanding of the necessary principles for
designing scientifically sound sampling programs to address specific hypotheses;
- have revised and acquired knowledge regarding the most suitable statistical analysis
for a range of sampling regimes and data types;
- appreciate the array of statistical analyses available in ecology and understand the
use of the most fundamental and commonly used types;
- appreciate the principles of manipulative experimental designs;
- have learnt how to analyse and interpret ecological data, collected from any standard
monitoring or experimental procedure, regarding the distribution and abundance of
an organism or community.
- presentations (10%)
- statistics & design workbook (25%)
- sampling methods short report (15%)
- independent research project (50%).
|Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in biological
sciences or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study. They should have
an excellent understanding of level 3 science, an excellent understanding of ecological
principles and have successfully completed a basic univariate statistics course at
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