- Code BIOL2203
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Plant Science, Zoology, Evolution and Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation
- Academic career Undergraduate
- Prof Adrienne Nicotra
- Mode of delivery In Person
Winter Session 2019
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This course introduces students to field studies in plant and animal functional ecology. Through directed research projects students explore how diverse organisms respond to conditions in their environments and acquire the resources they need to survive, grow and reproduce. The course location will vary among years, but in each year the same theoretical principles will be explored. By exploring these principles in plants and animals simultaneously, students will develop an understanding of the differences and commonalities among organisms. Students will develop skills in research including project design and execution, data analysis and interpretation, and oral and written presentation of results. Students will also be exposed to a wide array of field techniques used in ecology.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- An understanding of the commonalities and differences in the way animals and plants cope with environmental conditions and acquire the resources needed for growth and reproduction
- Literature skills to identify and critically evaluate the current state of knowledge about a specific research question in functional ecology
- Formulation of testable hypotheses based on an understanding of the research literature
- Practical skills in functional ecological research
- Ability to collaborate as a group to reach research goals
- Skills in scientific communication, including written communication and oral presentation.
- Ability to interpret data against original hypotheses and knowledge of the literature, and suggest avenues for future research
For 2019, the field trip likely to be held in a tropical location. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Field notebook: students will keep a field notebook containing notes from lectures and directed field problems, data, and records of results and conclusions. Students will also be expected to answer reflective questions on their learning throughout the course. Notebook will be assessed twice during the course 25% (LO 1-7)
- Final report: each student will select one directed field problem to write up in the form of a scientific paper. This will be due one week after course completion. 30% (LO 1-7)
- Presentations: Students will present results of directed field problems as a group with each presentation worth ~4% - total of 25% (LO 5-7)
- Mid and end of course quizzes: Two one hour quizzes of lecture material 10% each - total of 20% (LO 1,3,6,7)
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WorkloadOverall there will be about 75 hours contact with teaching staff plus about 50 hours group and individual work.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingReading materials will be available online prior to the start of the course
Indicative Reading ListReadings will consist of articles from the primary literature. The course will travel with a library of relevant texts.
Assumed KnowledgeBasic understanding of biology, especially ecology and evolution, commensurate with successful completion of first year biology.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|6622||24 Jun 2019||28 Jun 2019||28 Jun 2019||08 Jul 2019||In Person|