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MARI401 Advanced Methods in Marine Science

(20 points, full year)
Skills workshops - Eight 1 hour workshops, Mondays at 10am
Departmental Seminars – every week of the semester, Tuesdays at 4 pm
Statistics workshops - Eight 1-to-3 hour workshops, Wednesdays at 10 am
Field courses – For the PGDipSci and MSc - Leigh Marine Reserve, North Auckland or Island Bay, Wellington (April) and Fiordland (1-7 June). For the PGDipAppSc and MAppSc – Fiordland (16-22 February) and Savaii, Western Samoa (14-23 June).

Course Coordinators: Professor Abigail Smith - abby.smith@otago.ac.nz, Professor Gary Wilson – gary.wilson@otago.ac.nz

This paper is central to postgraduate study in Marine Science, and is required for students enrolled in any of our fourth year programmes: the Postgraduate Diploma, Honours and Masters degrees in Marine Science and in Applied Science (Aquaculture and Fisheries and Marine Environmental Science). Occasionally students in other programmes who have a strong interest in marine science may be admitted.

The purpose of the paper is to provide practical and theoretical experience in applying fundamental methods and research skills in marine science. There are three components: 1) workshops addressing research skills; 2) statistical workshops; 3) field trips.

Assessment is split between three statistics reports (25%) and two reports written from the field trip findings and addressing the specific questions (75%).

By the end of the course students should be able to design field and data collection programmes, collect data in rigorous ways, analyse the data and present the findings in reports and presentations