Unit description

Develops concepts and practice to enable planning, implementation, analysis and interpretation of field surveys and experiments 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. The unit culminates in the implementation of a field experiment designed during teaching sessions within the unit.

Unit content

  • Procedures for establishing a study
  • Allocating sampling effort
  • Methods for sampling different marine habitats and populations/communities
  • Data analysis and management
  • Summarising and reporting 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

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Session 3

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1.5 (20)
Laboratory session 4 (4)
Tutorial on-site 1 (10)
Supervision 2 (5)
Field work 4 (6)
Project proposal25%

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Fee information


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