SC5502 - Design and Analyses in Ecological Studies
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
This intensive mode subject aims at revising and extending knowledge of the design
of sampling and monitoring programs and of manipulative experiments. The subject concentrates
on the development of sampling strategies and experiments, emphasising theoretical,
practical and statistical considerations. Students are expected to extend their skills
and demonstrate their understanding of: the types of data that might be generated,
some of the analyses that are available for particular purposes, the assumptions that
underpin those analyses, how to interpret the end product of the analyses, and the
need for a critical and informed approach to statistical analysis. The subject is
designed for postgraduate students whose future professional activities are likely
to require an understanding of the design and analysis of ecological studies and the
interpretation of the output from statistical software in a biological context. In
particular, those students who intend to move into honours or graduate studies (Masters
or PhD), and those who intend to work as professional scientists. 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 ecology Students will incur extra costs to cover
travel and accommodation expenses for the field trip.
- critique and design scientifically sound sampling and experimental design projects
to address an array of biological and ecological questions;
- select and apply appropriate statistical analyses for a range of sampling regimes
and data types, and subsequently interpret the results in an ecological context;
- problem solve complex issues in the acquisition, analysis, interpretation and communication
of scientific research;
- initiate, design, undertake and communicate an independent field based research project
in ecology or biology, thereby demonstrating competency in scientific research.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant
discipline or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study. They should
have an excellent understanding ecological principles and statistics, and have successfully
completed a basic univariate statistics course at university level.
Study Period 7
|Census Date 11-Jul-2019
|Face to face teaching
24-Jun-2019 to 08-Jul-2019
||Dr Naomi Gardiner.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 63 hours - Combined teaching hours; lectures, workshops, fieldwork.
- assessment and self-directed study
||presentations (10%); assignments (40%); independent research project report (50%).
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