Methods for Forest & Ecosystem Research

Subject FRST40004 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours of lectures and 24 hours of demonstrations and practical work
Total Time Commitment: Not available




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Core Participation Requirements:

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Phone: 8344 5036

Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Understanding the principles of scientific method, experimental design, and sound data evaluation capability is crucial for successful research in forest and ecosystem science. The subject should expand understanding of scientific method, experimental design, statistics, and data evaluation and presentation in students undertaking research in forest and ecosystem science.

On completion of the subject, students should be:

  • able to formulate testable research hypotheses in forest and ecosystem science;

  • competent in experimental design for both laboratory and field-based research in forest and ecosystem science;

  • aware of the problems associated with field-based, ecological research such as limitations in replication;

  • able to design effective experiments to address their research questions and test a well-stated hypothesis;

  • able to understand the statistical principles of data evaluation and presentation in forest and ecosystem science; and

  • able to effectively communicate scientific results orally and know how to structure a paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.


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A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%), and a semester project (3000 words and oral presentation, 50%).

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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