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Unit description

Exposes students to cutting-edge marine ecology, experimental design and analysis.  Students will design, execute and critically analyse field and laboratory experiments testing ecological hypotheses. They will also critically analyse the experimental evidence that supports paradigms underpinning modern ecological research.

Unit content

Ethics in marine ecological research: past, present and future.

Effective mensurative experimentation for marine ecology.

Establishing causal relationships using manipulative experiments.

Marine ecological theory: from zombie ideas to new paradigms.

Advanced practice in marine ecological research.

Experimental designs and analyses for manipulative ecological experiments.

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
1critically analyse ethical considerations for guiding practice in marine ecological researchIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2develop and apply rigorous experimental design to advanced mensurative experimentsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3demonstrate critical understanding of how logistical constraints compete against design considerations in manipulative experimentsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4display scientific communication skills at a professional levelIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5critically synthesize cutting edge ecological researchIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
6perform basic quantitative analyses of experimental data involving multiple factors.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

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

  1. critically analyse ethical considerations for guiding practice in marine ecological research
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. develop and apply rigorous experimental design to advanced mensurative experiments
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. demonstrate critical understanding of how logistical constraints compete against design considerations in manipulative experiments
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. display scientific communication skills at a professional level
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. critically synthesize cutting edge ecological research
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  6. perform basic quantitative analyses of experimental data involving multiple factors.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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