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    This literature-based paper focuses on learning best practice for publication by reading the top-ranked journals in ecology. Workshops will cover: independent research, statistics, scientific writing, modelling and biodiversity conservation.

    This literature-based seminar paper is designed to provide exposure to the best practice for science writing and presentation of scientific results in ecology by examining current articles in the ecological literature. The paper will provide a vehicle for keeping up-to-date with the literature and with new methods by carefully examining the newest research articles across a broad range of subject matter in ecology. We will read and discuss recent articles from a group of the highest-impact ecological journals, representing the best current ecological research.

    About this paper

    Paper title Reading Ecology
    Subject Ecology
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,448.79
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    Teaching staff
    Course Co-ordinator: Professor Steve Wing
    Teaching Arrangements
    Weekly 3-hour seminars

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the paper students should be able to:

    • Dissect a high-quality research article into component parts and understand logic for problem solving
    • Understand the uses and limitations of a broad range of statistical tools in ecology and environmental studies
    • Develop a research question and break it down into a series of statistical hypotheses
    • Critically evaluate the scientific literature
    • Give a concise, professional scientific talk


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
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