• 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 PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Brookhouse
    • Dr Roderick Lamberts
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

  • four quantitative short reports/quizzes focusing on analysis and interpretation of environmental datasets, 20%).
  • a scientific journal article based upon interpretation of field-based fauna and flora as well as analysis of sampling methodologies and comparative methods that aims to provide the opportunity to integrate knowledge of measurement, analysis and presentation to a scientific audience (5 pages, 20%).
  • a brief article to practice communicating research findings from field-based practical exercises to a non-technical audience (2 pages, 15%).
  • a series of survey and group exercises to provide experience in the design and conduct of surveys as well as analysis and communication of survey findings (25%).
  • a final exam (20%) 

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Workload

65 contact hours, including lectures, practical classes and tutorials.

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

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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2520
2004 $2160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3606
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7603 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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