|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Sciences|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||24 January 2022|
The study of the environment and its biodiversity necessitates an understanding of the basic approaches and methods in ecology. This includes ecological sampling, survey and research design, techniques for ecological data analysis and presentation, and the application of concepts and techniques to current ecological management issues. Knowledge of quantitative laboratory, field and analytical techniques is also critical for the effective management of natural resources. This course provides the fundamental knowledge and practical skills in ecological and environmental methods for students interested in professional careers as environmental scientists, field biologists, ecologists, wildlife managers and conservation biologists.
The unit provides a general overview of, and practical and theoretical considerations in, current ecological and environmental methods. Broad concepts in ecological methods are explored by simulation and field practical examples through a combination of independent and collaborative approaches. This unit provides a foundation in ecological methods through the exploration of the types and properties of ecological and biophysical data, sampling organisms and the environment, the design of ecological experiments, and analysis, interpretation and reporting of ecological data.
This course contains a mandatory residential school for both external and on-campus students in the form of an extended (overnight) field trip to USQ's Ravensbourne Field Studies Centre, Toowoomba. Accommodation, food and transport costs may be associated with this residential school.