Ecological Methodology

Description

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.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

  1. 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

Assumed Knowledge

STAT1070 Statistics for the Sciences STAT2000 Applied Statistics and Research Methods BIOL2070 Ecology

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Quiz: Class quiz

Report: Laboratory reports

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact Hours

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term