UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BIOL4409 Ecological Field Methods

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Botany; Conservation Biology; Environmental Science; Marine Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content This is a unit for anyone seeking to develop their practical skills in sampling plant and animal populations in ecological studies. It encourages students to adopt good planning and risk assessment practices, and provides them with the tools to be able to confidently sample plant and animal populations using a variety of commonly used techniques. It also emphasises the importance of good study design and appropriate statistical analysis. Students are based in Albany for five days and during this time gain first-hand experience in measuring plant and animal abundance in the South Coast region of Western Australia.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) prepare a field and risk assessment plan for ecological sampling; (2) apply for appropriate sampling permits and animal ethics approvals; (3) estimate either plant or animal abundance using commonly used field techniques; (4) design a sampling program including the selection of appropriate statistical analysis procedures; and (5) communicate results in written form.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a field plan (20 per cent); (2) permit applications (20 per cent); and (3) a written report (60 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Peter Speldewinde
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Contact hours available in two teaching periods which both include a 1-week field trip to Albany from 16th–22nd April and 24th–30th September (charges: cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
Unit OutlineTS-TP-1 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/BIOL4409/TS-TP-1/2017
TS-TP-3 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/BIOL4409/TS-TP-3/2017

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