The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Teaches experimental design and statistical methodology that is essential for Ecological and Environmental studies. Leading on from the 1st year statistics and 2nd year 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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Design and implement experiments and statistical analysis of data from Marine Ecological experimentation at an advanced level.

2. Apply these necessary advanced skills and techniques in experimental design and analysis in field and in the laboratory using real Marine Ecological settings.

3. Demonstrate advanced writing skills, suitable for the presentation of scientific results in a variety of professional settings

4. Critically evaluate experimental designs and analyses from scientific literature and consultancy reports


  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

ENVS2004 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

Field Study

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


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


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