ECOL204 Ecological Methods

Updated: 25 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
30 April 2019 03 May 2019 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites BIOL110 and BIOL120 and STAT100 or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites ECOL203 or ECOL210
Restrictions ECOL404 or EM331 or EM531
Notes

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence

Combined Units ECOL404 - Ecological Methods
Coordinator(s) Calvin Leech (cleech2@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

A fundamental skill in ecology is the ability to collect and analyse biological data efficiently and correctly. The correct methods depend on the research question, available resources (equipment, time and money), and the logistic constraints of survey/experimental design. This unit links sampling methods and survey designs for assessing changes along ecological gradients with suitable techniques for data analysis and presentation. Topics: the fundamental requirements (e.g., randomisation, replication) of survey and experimental designs, types of ecological data, commonly-used methods to sample plants and animals, and technical skills for field surveys. How to present and analyse ecological data with a focus on correct interpretation of the results and the limitations of the sampling and analytical methods is also covered.

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Materials No text required
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Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 16% 1200
Assessment Notes

Lab Report

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Assignment 2 17% 1200
Assessment Notes

Field Report

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Assignment 3 17% 1200
Assessment Notes

Experimental Report

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Practical 0%
Assessment Notes

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. design a survey or ecological experiment with adequate replication and randomisation, and identify potential flaws in design, sampling methods and analysis;
  2. survey environmental variables, plants and animals in a standard, rigorous way using conventional methods in the field;
  3. apply these methods to assessing changes along ecological gradients (e.g., altitude, latitude, human disturbance);
  4. use graphical packages and computing software in the environmental sciences with confidence; and
  5. plot, analyse and interpret data from ecological surveys and experiments using conventional graphical and statistical techniques.