Develops advanced skills associated with the planning, implementation, analysis and interpretation of surveys in the marine environment. The logical approach to survey design is emphasised and practised in field exercises, and common statistical methods are applied to the analysis of class data. Integrated understanding is developed through the design of experiments to address specific, topical issues. Quality assurance/quality control of data is practised including proofing, and short- and long-term data storage and management.
The schedule of topics is spread between lectures, field studies, workshops and laboratory classes:
Topic 1: Procedures for establishing a study
Topic 2: Allocating sampling effort
Topic 3: Methods for sampling marine habitats
Topic 4: Preserving, sorting and identifying samples
Topic 5: Data management and analysis
Topic 6: Summarising and reporting your data
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate advanced understanding of the logical sequence of ecological investigations||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||apply best-practice design considerations to ecological investigations||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||make informed judgement about optimal sampling methods for different marine habitats and organisms||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||design pilot studies to optimise the outcomes of ecological investigations||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||critically evaluate the quality of published research work||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||optimally present findings of studies for a range of different communication types||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|7||reflect on the primary concepts of the unit and demonstrate informed judgement to develop a series of experiments to address an environmental issue.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Kingsford, M & Battershill C, 1998, Studying Temperate Marine Environments, Canterbury University Press. ISBN: 0–908812-54-X.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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