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BIOL3009 - Terrestrial Field Ecology
Faculty of Science - 6 credit points
HECS Band six
Domestic Fee: $3,900
International Fee: $4,500
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Biological Sciences
Offered session(s): 108
Assumed knowledge: BIOL (3006 or 3906). Prior completion of one of these units is very strongly recommended.
Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology or (ANSC2004 and (BIOM2001 or ENVX2001).
Prohibitions: BIOL3909
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr G Wardle

Classes: Note: 1x6 day field trip held in the pre-semester break and 4x4 hr practical classes during weeks 1-4 in Semester 2.

Assessment: Discussions and quiz (10%), research project proposal and brief presentation (10%), sampling project report (20%), specimen collection (10%), research project report (50%).

This field course provides practical experience in terrestrial ecology suited to a broad range of careers in ecology, environmental consulting and wildlife management. Students learn a broad range of ecological sampling techniques and develop a detailed understanding of the logical requirements necessary for manipulative ecological field experiments. The field work incorporates survey techniques for plants, small mammals and invertebrates and thus provides a good background for ecological consulting work. Students attend a week-long field course and participate in a large-scale research project as well as conducting their own research project. Invited experts contribute to the lectures and discussions on issues relating to the ecology, conservation and management of Australia's terrestrial flora and fauna.One 6 day field trip held in the pre-semester break (22- 27 July 2012), and 4x4 hr practical classes during weeks 1-4 in Semester 2.
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