• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Environmental Studies More...
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Brookhouse
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS1003
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Effective research involves collecting and analysing appropriate data as well as successfully communicating the results. This course uses a problem-focussed approach to introduce fundamental research concepts by exploring how researchers describe and quantify vegetation communities, animal populations as well as human attitudes and behaviour. You can expect to develop skills in ecological measurement and sampling as well as in designing and conducting social research projects. You will also develop analytical skills, including data exploration, as well as effective communication and analysis techniques common to all sciences. The course promotes learning through a combination of lectures as well as field- and computer-based practical exercises. During field-based exercises you will gain first-hand experience in collecting ecological data. You will apply this data and your analytical skills to the issue of kangaroo populations and culling.

Note:  Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

 

 

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate a conceptual understanding of measurement approaches in ecological studies (LO1)
  2. identify and critically evaluate the main mathematical approaches to describing populations and growth in organisms (LO2)
  3. demonstrate an ability to apply concepts and methods of quantitative analysis, including regression, in the context of environmental data. (LO3)
  4. quantitatively describe linear trends within datasets to effectively summarise quantitative datasets (LO4)
  5. demonstrate a capacity to effectively communicate model outputs to a scientific/management community (LO5)

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Three online quizzes centred on recommended reading and analyses of class datasets (35%).
  • A report focussed upon describing vegetation that utilises class datasets collected from local field sites and aims to develop skills in data handling, summary and interpretation (15%).
  • A scientific journal article based upon interpretation of field-based fauna and flora data that aims to provide the opportunity to integrate knowledge of measurement, analysis and presentation to a scientific audience (25%),
  • An extended abstract outlining a collaborative graduate research project completed during the semester that aims to deepen the engagement with analytical methods and provide students with direct exposure to research practice (25%).

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Workload

68 Contact hours, comprising lectures, workshops and field excursions

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS1003.

Preliminary Reading

To be advised.

Assumed Knowledge

No specific knowledge required.

Areas of Interest

  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
  • Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Population Studies

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7845 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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