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ECOL313 Ecology Field Course

The techniques of field ecology; sampling strategies, design, procedures and equipment; an initiation to ecological research.

Paper title Ecology Field Course
Paper code ECOL313
Subject Ecology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (12 February 2018 - 20 June 2018)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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ECOL 211 and ECOL 212 and (STAT 110 or STAT 115)
Schedule C
(i) This course is intended for third year students majoring in Ecology. However, other students may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Co-ordinator. (ii) A compulsory field trip will be held prior to the beginning of the semester between 12 - 18 February 2018.
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Teaching staff
Co-ordinators: Kath Dickinson
and Tony Harland
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will gain experience with the scientific process by carrying out all steps of an independent research project. Students will:
  • Research and design a study
  • Work in pairs to execute the study during a week-long field camp to the Catlins region of South Island, New Zealand in February
  • Analyse their data
  • Present the results in oral and written reports
In addition to specific skills they will use in project work, students will develop skills in:
  • Experimental design
  • Quantitative analyses
  • Teamwork
  • Critical thinking
  • Scientific communication (in both written and oral format)

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1st Non standard period (12 February 2018 - 20 June 2018)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system