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BIOL3008: Marine Field Ecology

This field course provides a practical introduction to the experimental analysis of marine populations and communities. Students gain experience using a range of ecological sampling techniques and develop a detailed understanding of the logical requirements necessary for manipulative field experiments. No particular mathematical or statistical skills are required for this subject. Group experimental research projects in the field are the focus of the unit during the day, with lectures and discussion groups about the analysis of experimental data and current issues in experimental ecology, management and conservation occurring in the evening. The skills learned in this course, which include critical thinking, problem solving, project management, experimental design, data handling and analysis and scientific writing, are highly sought after by a range of employers, including from academia, government and consultancy.

Code BIOL3008
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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12 credit points of BIOL2XXX or [6 credit points of BIOL2XXX and (AVBS2XXX or ENVX2001)]
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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BIOL3908 or BIOL2028 or BIOL2928

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe and discuss the concepts associated with experimental analysis of marine populations and assemblages
  • LO2. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the logical requirements necessary for manipulative ecological field experiments
  • LO3. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of ecological sampling techniques
  • LO4. Critically read, evaluate and synthesise information from the primary literature
  • LO5. Select and apply statistical tools to analyse ecological data to test hypotheses
  • LO6. Communicate your findings concisely and scientifically in both written and graphical forms.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.