- Code ENVS6103
- 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...
Research plays an important role in everyone's life. In the broadest sense we all enjoy the benefits of outcomes from medical and technological research. In environment and sustainability fields, research allows us to identify the sensitivity in climate, human and natural biological systems to external factors; respond to processes that threaten biodiversity and develop management strategies aimed at protecting and restoring ecological communities. Achieving these research outcomes relies upon establishing testable research questions, applying appropriate data collection and analysis methods, critically assessing results as well as effectively communicating the observations.
ENVS6103 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. We also place great importance upon understanding the role of equity, integrity and ethics plays in professional practice and how these principles intersect with research.
Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
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:
- demonstrate a conceptual understanding of measurement approaches in ecological studies (LO1)
- identify and critically evaluate the main mathematical approaches to describing populations and growth in organisms (LO2)
- demonstrate an ability to apply concepts and methods of quantitative analysis, including regression, in the context of environmental data. (LO3)
- quantitatively describe linear trends within datasets to effectively summarise quantitative datasets (LO4)
- demonstrate a capacity to effectively communicate model outputs to a scientific/management community (LO5)
Indicative AssessmentAssessment 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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68 contact hours comprising lectures, tutorials and practicals/field excursions.
Requisite and Incompatibility
To be advised.
No specific knowledge required.
Areas of Interest
- Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
- Resource Management and Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
- Population Studies
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