ECOL404 Ecological MethodsUpdated: 27 September 2019
Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.
|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||candidature in BAnimSc or candidature in a postgraduate award|
|Restrictions||ECOL204 or EM331 or EM531|
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
- Ecological Methods
|Coordinator(s)||Stuart Cairns (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
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 (eg, 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||Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.|
|Disclaimer||Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.|
Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
|Learning Outcomes (LO)||
Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to: