- Code ENVS1003
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Environmental Studies More...
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.
Honours Pathway Option
Subject to the approval of the course convenor, HPO students will be required to demonstrate greater depth in the philosophy and practice of measurement and analysis in the environmental and/or social sciences. This understanding will be facilitated in a small research project conducted under direct supervision of the convenor. HPO students can expect to attend one additional one-hour tutorial session each fortnight, and submit a written report or oral presentation focusing on comparative field-based techniques (10% of overall assessment).
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:
- understand and interpret quantitative research results reported within scientific literature
- understand the principles of sampling techniques in the environmental and social sciences
- explore and summarise data to identify effects and trends
- demonstrate a capacity to communicate research results effectively to the scientific and non-technical audiences
- three quantitative short reports focusing on analysis and interpretation of environmental datasets (5% each, 15% total);
- a statistics revision quiz (5%);
- 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 (5 pages, 20%),
- an in-class questionnaire critique that aims to develop an understanding of the principles of survey design (8%);
- a report on constructing questionnaires and planning analyses that aims to integrate understanding of analytical and survey methods (12%);
- A brief report prepared for a non-science audience, framed around analysis of questionnaire data generated during the semester, aimed at developing skills in writing for non-technical audiences (20%);
- an end of semester exam (20%).
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65 Contact hours, comprising lectures, workshops and field excursions.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Areas of Interest
- Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
- Resource Management and Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
- Population Studies
- Science Communication
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|20 Jul 2015
|07 Aug 2015
|31 Aug 2015
|30 Oct 2015