ENV BIOL 3006 - Research Methods in Environmental Biology III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code ENV BIOL 3006 Course Research Methods in Environmental Biology III Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge 6 units of Level II Environmental Biology courses & STATS 1000 or equivalent Course Description An introduction to systematic methods of collection, analysis and reporting of field and laboratory data, and basic experimental design. Lectures outline the nature of research and the value of experimental methods. Some knowledge of basic statistics is required. Experimental design will be emphasised, and the elements of statistical tests, particularly analysis of variance, will be considered in a biological context. Practical work involves use of computers and software, and will complement methods introduced in lectures.
Course Coordinator: Professor Sean Connell
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
A successful student should be able to:
- Identify strategies for asking good questions in biological research
- Demonstrate scientifically based sampling and experimental skills in ecology and environmental science
- Define logical observations, models and hypotheses to shape environmental research questions, both orally and written
- Demonstrate an understanding of different types of sampling, apply basic statistical techniques to real biological, environmental and ecological data and correctly interpret the outcomes
- Develop rigorous sampling designs and apply them to the real world environmental problems
- Demonstrate appropriate conventions in technical writing and graphical methods for presenting data
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 2-6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 4, 6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 3, 4-5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2-4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 5-6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 3, 5-6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-2, 5-6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3-6
The recommended text assigned to this course is:
Zar JH. 2009. Biostatistical analysis, 5th ed. Prentice-Hall International. 944+p. ISBN 0-13-1008465-5.
A more advanced book, suitable for students with more experience, is:
Quinn GP, MJ Keough. 2002. Experimental design and data analysis for biologists. CUP. 556p.ISBN 0-52-1009766
Online LearningAll lecture material for this course will be posted online.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course will be delivered by the following means:
Teaching is through a combination of lectures (1 x 2 hours per week during semester) and practicals (1 x 4 hours per week)
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
The course content will include the following:
List of course topics:
- Fundamentals of logic, experimental design and variation in data
- Sample design, hypothesis testing, t-tests
- t-tests, chi-squared tests, power analysis
- Correlations, One-way ANOVA
- Two-way ANOVA
- Two-way ANOVA, BACI
- Multivariate statistics
- Linear models
- Likelihood models
- Generalised linear models
- Bayesian statistics.
The topic and activity in practicals will follow what is taught in the lectures each week.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle Learning Outcomes being assess/achieve Approximate timing of assessment Quizzes Formative & Summative 20% No 1,4 Weeks 3,5,7,9 Assignements Formative & Summative
No 1-6 Weeks 5 & 10 Exam Summative 60% No 1, 3-6 Exam period
- Lab Quizzes
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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