|Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Clare McArthur|
Classes: 2x1 hr lectures/week 1x3 hr practical/week.
Assessment: 1x2 hr exam (40%), practical assignments (including calculations, reports and reviews) (60%)
Textbooks: Dytham, C. 2003. Choosing and using statistics. A biologist's guide. 2nd edition. Blackwell Science. Melbourne.
|This unit will consider ecology as a quantitative, experimental and theoretical science. It is concerned with the practical skills and philosophical background required to explore questions and test hypotheses in the real world. Application of ecological methods and theory to practical problems will be integrated throughout the unit of study. Lectures will focus on sound philosophical and experimental principles, drawing on real examples for demonstration of concepts, and will be useful as one basis for informed conservation and management of natural populations and habitats. Practical sessions will be used to gain experience in effective sampling,determining patterns of distribution and abundance, estimating ecological variables, and statistically analysing ecological data. Computer simulations and statistical packages for analyses will be used where appropriate.|