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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, plants and algae in field and laboratory settings.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- translate a general question in marine biology to a specific testable hypothesis;
- develop an experimental sampling design;
- generate and analyse data;
- compose and revise a scientific paper;
- compile new knowledge from observation and the literature; and
- critically review other's written work.
On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:
- the ability to approach and assimilate new knowledge from observation and the literature;
- the ability to use that knowledge to evaluate and communicate results;
- the ability to pose testable hypotheses;
- the ability to devise appropriate sampling procedures and experimental designs;
- the ability to work in field situations;
- experience accessing information from the primary scientific literature, through both electronic and traditional sources; and
- experience in writing scientific reports and essays.
Last updated: 1 March 2024