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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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Quantitative Methods in Biology
Unit code KSM309
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline College Office - CSE|Ecology and Biodiversity

Assoc Prof Julia Blanchard (Coordinator)

Teaching staff

Assoc Prof LA Barmuta, Dr Emma Cavan

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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KPZ163 or KPZ164 AND KPZ211, or equivalent at discretion of Unit Coordinator.

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Teaching Pattern

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


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

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