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    Evaluation and presentation of environmental information to ensure robust and effective decision making in the environmental sector, including quality and integrity of scientific data, integration of data with political and cultural approaches, objectivism versus advocacy, and convincing presentation of complex findings.

    This literature-based seminar paper is designed to provide exposure to the best practice for science writing and presentation of scientific results in marine science by examining current articles in the marine 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 marine science. We will read and discuss recent articles from a group of the highest-impact marine journals, representing the best current marine research.

    About this paper

    Paper title Critical Thinking for Environmental Scientists
    Subject Marine Science
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,701.51
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Open to any fourth-year student undertaking an environmentally related qualification.

    Teaching staff

    Professor Stephen Wing


    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Critical thinking.
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    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the paper students will 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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