Quantitative skills are fundamental to many areas of biology and ecology. With massive increases in the availability of ecological and other kinds of biological data, skill in developing models to describe and understand relationships in data and extrapolate beyond existing data, and an understanding of the nuances of particular kinds of data, is fundamental in modern biological research. This unit builds on the foundation provided in Quantitative Methods in Biology to familiarise students with more advanced model building techniques including generalised linear, mixed and additive models, regression trees, bootstrapping methods, and non-linear regression. The unit will also introduce time series analysis, Bayesian approaches to modelling data, and simulation models including explicitly spatial and individual-based models. It will equip students wanting to understand and/or pursue modern and relevant research in biology and ecology.
|Unit name||Modelling Biological Data|
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Faculty Office SET|Centre for Ecology and Biodiversity|
Prof M Hindell
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.
|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2017: $1,131.00||2017: $2,055.00||010999|
Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
- KZA357 or KMA253
1 semester, 2 x 1 hr lectures and 4 hr practical weekly (13 weeks)
Minor assignment (10%), 2 x major assignment (20% each), 3 hr open-book exam (50%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
|Required||To be advised by Unit Coordinator|
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