|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 3|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject explores the techniques and methods of undertaking marine biological research, including experimental and sampling design, data collection, statistical analysis of data, presentation of the research results and peer review. Students will participate in a group project, in which they will design, execute, analyse and interpret observational and experimental studies of marine animals in field and laboratory settings.
Intended learning outcomes
To provide students with an opportunity to engage in an authentic experience of the entire process of scientific research: from translating a general question in marine biology to a specific testable hypothesis; developing an experimental sampling design; collecting and analysing data; preparing a draft written report; formally reviewing reports prepared by other students and revising their reports in line with the reviews provided by their colleagues; and finally submitting an individual report for assessment.
This subject builds upon existing generic skills, including an ability to approach and assimilate new knowledge from observation and the literature, and an ability to use that knowledge to evaluate and communicate results.
Students should develop their abilities to pose testable hypotheses, to devise appropriate sampling procedures and experimental designs, and to work in field situations.
Students should learn how to access information from the primary scientific literature, through both electronic and traditional sources, and gain experience in writing scientific reports and essays.
Eligibility and requirements
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|MAST20031||Analysis of Biological Data||
and one of:
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|EVSC20004||Blue Planet-Intro to Marine Environments||
Students who have received credit for 654-302 Experimental Marine Ecology (prior to 2010) may not enrol in this subject for credit.
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
Written practical report totalling up to 4000 words. This assessment includes:
- Report introduction (up to 700 words) which will be assessed and returned with detailed comments (20%) - (due 1-2 weeks post field trip)
- Full report, including revised introduction, of approximately 3000 words (50%). Introduction not re-assessed but used to provide study context (due 3-4 weeks post field trip)
- a re-submitted report and ‘response to reviewer’ comments documenting how students have addressed feedback received on the initial submission, approximately an additional 1000 words (30%) (due 6-8 weeks post field trip)
Hurdle requirement: All students must complete a peer review assessment task.
Quotas apply to this subject
Dates & times
Principal coordinator John Morrongiello Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Ten lectures and 50 hours practical and tutorial work. Total time commitment 170 hours Pre teaching start date 21 January 2019 Pre teaching requirements Students are required to spend time reading scientific papers prior to the start of teaching. Papers will be distributed to students via the LMS by 21 January. Teaching period 1 February 2019 to 18 February 2019 Last self-enrol date 16 December 2018 Census date 15 February 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 12 April 2019 Assessment period ends 24 May 2019
February contact information
Time commitment details
Additional delivery details
An enrolment quota of 40 students (in undergraduate and post-graduate offering) applies to this subject. For detailed information on the quota subject application process, enrolment deadlines and selection preferences, refer to the Faculty of Science website: http://science.unimelb.edu.au/students/course-planning-and-advice
Teaching dates: 1 and 18 February – including lectures and tutorial work undertaken on campus; and practical work undertaken at the Marine Research laboratories in Queenscliff, operated by Deakin University. Assessment for the subject is due in semester 1.
Students are required to spend time reading scientific papers prior to the start of teaching. Papers will be distributed to students via LMS by 21 January.
This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory and field activities.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Major Zoology Major Zoology Major Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major Marine Biology Informal specialisation Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Informal specialisation Zoology Informal specialisation Selective subjects for B-BMED Informal specialisation Zoology Breadth track Marine Life
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
Additional information for this subject
Quota limit applied - UoM students will be given preference over CAP applicants
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.