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BZ5230 - Ecological Research Methods

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Marine & Environmental Sciences

Postgraduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Graduate Certificate of Science, Master of Science, Graduate Certificate of Research Methods, Bachelor of Science (Advanced), Graduate Certificate of Development Practice and 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.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of ecology and quantitative methods to describe biological responses and should have (BZ5880 OR BZ5440 and BZ5001)or equivalents.
BZ5220 ZL3042 ZL5042 BZ3220 BZ3400 BZ5400 BZ3230


Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coordinator: Dr Brad Congdon
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Will Edwards, Dr Brad Congdon.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals - Field work and regular supervisor meetings
Assessment: presentations (10%); assignments (25%); research proposal and seminar (15%); centrally-administered final exam (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.