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Modelling Biological Data KSM304




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
Unit code KSM304
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline College Office - CSE|Ecology and Biodiversity

Prof M Hindell

Teaching staff

Prof M Hindell, Dr S Wotherspoon, Dr L Barmuta, Prof C Johnson

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010999

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Teaching Pattern

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%)

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