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BI5009/BI5509
Experimental Design and Analyses
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr David Lusseau; Dr Rene Van der Wal

Pre-requisite(s): An undergraduate statistics course.

Note(s): BI5509 is the code for students starting their programme in January.

The module will be divided in themed weeks during which students will gain skills in sampling design (through practicals) and analytical technique (through lecture and computer labs).

Week 1: introduction to biostatistics

Students are introduced to simple sampling design, core statistical concepts, and statistical software.

Week 2: introduction to statistical modelling

Students continue their progression in statistical analyses and are introduced to complex sampling design.

Week 3: generalised Linear Models

Students learn about generalised linear models and the interpretation of models (model fitting, model selection, and model validation) and are exposed to more advanced models. Students carry out sampling in groups for their report.

Week 4: categorical data

Students learn about statistical techniques for categorical data. They also learn about power analyses to understand the influence of sample size on tests results.

Week 5: multivariate statistics

Students cover multivariate statistical techniques and are given the opportunity to go over material covered in previous weeks.

Week 6: student-lead teaching

Students are given the opportunity to go over previous material to reinforce learning and are given time to prepare their report.

Three 3-hour lectures per week. One 8-hour practical session each week including field trip and computer lab.

The module will be assessed based on 2 graded practicals (20% each) and an independent report (60%)

BI5010
Statistics for Complex Study Designs
CREDIT POINTS 7.5

Course Co-ordinator: Drs David Lusseau, Rene van der Wal and Alex Douglas

Pre-requisite(s): BI5009 or equivalent

The module will be divided into themed weeks during which students will gain skills in sampling design (through practicals) and analytical techniques (through lecture and computer labs).
Week 1: introduction to complex study design - students are introduced to nested and repeated sampling and random effects.
Week 2: dealing with complex design in linear models - students learn to account for complex sampling and effects in linear models using linear mixed effect models, generalised least squares models and generalised additive models.
Week 3: correlated data structure - students are introduced to spatial and temporal autocorrelation in lectures and in practicals and learn ways to deal with it in linear models.

Three 2-hour flexible lecture/tutorial slots each week (thread II)
One eight-hour practical session each week including field trip and computer lab (thread II)

The module will be assessed based on an independent report.

BI5504
Foundations in Environmental Governance
CREDIT POINTS 7.5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Ben Davies

Pre-requisite(s): Available to all MSc and MRes students in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology; Ecology, and Environmental Sustainability; Soil Science; Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Science.

The course will be based around three themes:

- The bio-economic modelling of fisheries
- The analysis and design of governance institutions
- The role of human values and valuation in environmental decision making

These themes will be addressed through study of a series of core concepts:

- Rationality and behavioural assumptions in economic analysis
- The dynamics of resource exploitation and human behaviour
- Coupling of models of socio-economic and biological (fisheries) systems
- The assessment of institutional structures and functions
- Governance approaches to the management of complex systems
- The meaning and interpretation of concepts of 'value'
- Ethical foundations and environmental decision making criteria
- Strengths and weaknesses of methods of resource valuation
- Practical and policy issues in managing socio-ecological systems

- Three 1-hour lectures each week (thread II)
- Three 2-hour tutorials each week (thread II)

The module will be assessed based on one short (30%) and one long (70%) written assignment.

BI5802
Ecological & Environmental Modelling
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Jo Smith

Pre-requisite(s):

Aims: To provide the student with the skills to understand and learn how to use techniques for Ecological and Environmental modelling, including model design and evaluation.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this course you should be able to:

1. understand the criteria for design or choice of models, and the use of models in relation to selected policy issues;

2. use Excel for model development, use a number of dedicated models, and apply statistical methods to evaluate models;

3. choose appropriate models for a given application; develop a model and use it to critically assess and ecological/environmental issue; critically assess limitations reliability and applicability of models; and, formulate scientific concepts in a mathematical form.

A total of 7 one-hour lectures, 3 three-hour computer classes and 3 one-hour tutorials.

Continuous assessment by written problem-solving assignments.

BI5901
Research Project Planning
CREDIT POINTS 7.5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Michelle Pinard

Pre-requisite(s): x

How to plan a project; how to write a research proposal

There will be one 3-hour session in each of the three weeks where the class meets with the co-ordinator. The other contact time will be arranged with project supervisors within the School. These contact hours with staff occur informally currently; this course would only serve to formalise the arrangements and provide a structured assessment to assist the students to progress with their project planning.

100% continuous assessment in the form of a proposal