Ecological Methodology

Course code MARI3320Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Teaches experimental design and statistical methodology that is essential for Ecological and Environmental studies. Leading on from the 2nd year Biometrics, Applied Biometrics and Marine Ecological courses, this course takes the student through the current best practice techniques in Experimental Marine Ecology. Topics covered, such as the design and implementation of experiments, detection of environmental impacts, and statistical analysis of data from marine ecological experimentation, will allow the student to apply the necessary skills in the field and laboratory.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be:

1. expected to design and implement experiments and statistical analysis of data from Marine Ecological experimentation at an advanced level.
2. able to apply these necessary advanced skills and techniques in experimental design and analysis in field and in the laboratory using real Marine Ecological settings.
Content1. Philosophical and logical framework of ecological studies

2. Population parameters and frequency distributions

3. Sampling techniques

4. Analysis of spatial pattern and distribution of organisms

5. Analyses of associations between organisms

6. Experimental Designs in Ecology

7. Detection of ecological impacts

8. Multivariate approaches in ecology
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSTAT1070 Statistics for the Sciences
STAT2000 Applied Statistics and Research Methods
BIOL2070 Ecology
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalFinal Examination
Quiz - Class
ReportsLaboratory reports
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Computer Lab: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MARI3320