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SLE355 - Zoological Field Studies

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 3: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:

0.125

Unit chair:

Tim Jessop

Prerequisite:

One of SLE204, SLE205, SLE211 plus 1 level 2 SLE-coded unit

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

Campus: 4 x 3 hour class/discussion per week for 2 weeks (week 1 and 2), 4 x 3 hour seminars and field trip preparation (week 3), one week field trip (5 days in week 4).

Note:

Students may be required to meet their own expenses on fieldwork. 

Content

Well-designed field studies that test important ecological and evolutionary theories remain a key approach for how zoologists understand the wonderment of wild animals.  This unit aims to let students guided by important zoological theory and concepts design field studies that address how Australian animals function and persist in their natural environment. Field based studies will cover topics such as: animal-plant interactions, effects of habitat variation of animal diversity and abundance, and examine how adaptive processes influence animal responses to environmental variation or other key ecological processes. A major focus of this unit will be for student’s to advance their skills in the synthesis of scientific literature, research design, experimental methods, data analysis and visualization, critical evaluation, and scientific communication. Students will be required to undertake field studies by participating in a 5 day field camp located in Victoria’s little desert.

Assessment

2 x reports (10%, 20%) 30%, group oral presentation 10%, literature review 20%, field trip test 15%, examination 25%

Unit Fee Information

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