Courses & Units

Quantitative Methods in Biology KSM309

Hobart, Launceston


Quantitative skills are among the fundamental tools of professional ecologists and other biologists. They are necessary to design their studies, analyse and interpret their data, and to assess and interpret published studies. This unit provides a solid grounding in appropriate ways to collect and analyse common types of data in biology and ecology. It emphasises hands-on, practical experience with commonly used statistical software and addresses the problems most often encountered in dealing with biological and ecological data. The unit covers basic sampling and experimental design, data analysis using standard univariate techniques (e.g. analysis of variance and covariance, regression, analysis of categorical data) and introduces multivariate techniques for both pattern exploration and hypothesis testing. This unit is strongly recommended for ecology, biology and environmental science students and those considering Honours.


Unit name Quantitative Methods in Biology
Unit code KSM309
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School IMAS
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Faculty Office SET|Centre for Ecology and Biodiversity
Teaching staff

Prof CR Johnson (Coordinator), Assoc Prof LA Barmuta

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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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.

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Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2017: $1,131.00 2017: $2,055.00 010901

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 KZA211 and KZA212 or KPA215 or equivalent at discression of Unit Co-ordinator

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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures, 4-hr practical weekly


3-hr exam in June (60%), practical reports (40%)

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