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National Marine Science Centre Coffs HarbourSession 1Session 1
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Unit description

Introduces students to the concepts and practice for planning, implementing, analysing and interpreting 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. Quality assurance/quality control of data is practised including proofing, and short- and long-term data storage and management.

Unit content

The schedule of topics is spread between lectures, field studies, workshops and laboratory classes:
 Procedures for establishing a study
 Allocating sampling effort
 Methods for sampling marine habitats
 Preserving, sorting and identifying samples
 Data management and analysis
 Summarising and reporting your data

Learning outcomes

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1explain the main steps in conducting ecological investigationsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2apply best-practice design considerations to ecological investigationsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3choose the most appropriate sampling methods for different marine habitats and organismsIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
4design pilot studies to optimise the outcomes of ecological investigationsIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
5critically evaluate the quality of published research workIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
6optimally present findings of studies.Intellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the main steps in conducting ecological investigations
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. apply best-practice design considerations to ecological investigations
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. choose the most appropriate sampling methods for different marine habitats and organisms
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. design pilot studies to optimise the outcomes of ecological investigations
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. critically evaluate the quality of published research work
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. optimally present findings of studies.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Kingsford, M & Battershill, C , 1998, Studying Temperate Marine Environments, Canterbury University Press. ISBN: 0–908812-54-X.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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