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MB5230 - Design and Analyses in Ecological Studies

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

Available to Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Graduate Certificate of Research Methods, Graduate Diploma of Science, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Science and Master of Development Practice.

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.Students will be required to attend lectures and practical classes in Mb3230.To provide students with first-hand experience of techniques they learn in Mb5230, students will be required to design and implement a small biological study of their own as part of their on-course assessment. The results of this study will be presented as a report of publication quality.

Learning Outcomes

  • to encourage students to approach their research problems more laterally by providing a suite of alternative data analytical tools;
  • to facilitate a deeper understanding of the philosophies underlying design and analysis in biological studies;
  • to promote the development of a critical and rigorous approach to data collection and analysis;
  • to promote the development of skills in data analysis and interpretation relevant to the students own field of 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 of ecological principles and statistics and should have completed BS5001 or equivalent at a level of credit or better.
MB3230 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%); tutorial attendance and participation (5%); assignments (25%); mini-project and seminar (20%) (20%).

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.