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BIOL3009: Terrestrial Field Ecology

This intensive field-based course provides practical experience in terrestrial ecology suited to a broad range of careers in ecology, environmental consulting and wildlife management. Students learn a broad range of ecological sampling techniques and develop a detailed understanding of the logical requirements necessary for manipulative ecological field experiments. The field work takes place in native forest and incorporates survey techniques for plants, small mammals and invertebrates and thus provides a good background for ecological consulting work and an introduction into large-scale project management. Students attend a week-long field course and participate in a large-scale research project as well as conducting their own research project. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking in the context of environmental management and technical skills are developed in the area of data handling and analysis, report writing and team work. Invited experts contribute to the lectures and discussions on issues relating to the ecology, conservation and management of Australia's terrestrial flora and fauna.

Code BIOL3009
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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[12cp of BIOL2XXX] OR [6cp of BIOL2XXX and (MBLG2X72 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2002)]
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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BIOL3909 or BIOL2009 or BIOL2909
Assumed knowledge:
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Basic ecological concepts of species and communities, and experimental design and analysis

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

  • LO1. understand the scientific methods needed for field ecology
  • LO2. conduct ecological surveys of flora and fauna in forests
  • LO3. analyse and interpret ecological data sets
  • LO4. communicate scientific findings in reports and in oral presentations
  • LO5. work effectively in teams and contribute to complex tasks relevant to real world employment.

Unit outlines

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