NB: This unit cannot be completed online. All students must attend some face to face classes.
To pass this unit you must:
- Achieve at least 40% in the final exam, and attain an overall grade of 50% or more.
- Attend the compulsory fieldtrip.
Assessment Task Descriptions
Mid-semester test (25%)
There will be a mid-semester test held in Week 7. This will be 50 minutes in length, and will be an open book, online quiz that may cover all work from Weeks 1-6, including lectures, practicals and reading material. For internal students, this will run during the scheduled lecture session and will be invigilated in zoom. For externals the test will be open on the Wednesday evening of Week 7, i.e. 8 September, from 7-9pm. External students who cannot make this time are required to the convenor at email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to undertake the test during one of the internal practical classes. The tests will be multiple choice and will include numerical exercises similar to those taught in lectures. Questions will be randomly allocated to students. Note that if you are unwell and cannot undertake the test during your scheduled time, a special consideration will need to be submitted to organise a new time to sit the test.
Fieldtrip Practical Report (25%)
At the Stanwell Tops fieldtrip, you will undertake a group-based project. This is to be written up in the form of a scientific paper for submission to the journal Austral Ecology. The word length for this report is 1500 words (excluding Abstract, Acknowledgement and References). A margin of +/- 150 words will be accepted. Any text beyond 1650 words will not be read by the markers. Further details can be found in the Field Trip practical notes (which will be posted on iLearn). A marking rubric will be provided on iLearn, as well as examples of previous studies. This task is designed to assess your understanding of ecological concepts, limitations associated with fieldwork, how to source and utilise appropriate scientific literature to craft an argument, and scientific communication conventions.
You are required to develop and record a 6 minute (+/- 30 sec) presentation on one of a number of papers on Ecology in the Anthropocene. The purpose of this is to demonstrate your understanding of how ecological concepts can be applied to understand and solve real-world problems, and your ability to communicate scientific issues to a lay audience. A marking rubric will be provided on iLearn.
The final exam will be held during the Semester 2 Exam Period and will be 2 hr (plus 10 min reading time). This will be an in-person, invigilated exam. Please consult the University Handbook to determine the commencement and finishing dates of the compulsory exam period. You will be permitted to take a non-programmable calculator and/or English language dictionary into the exam. Notes will not be permitted. While most of the material will focus on Weeks 7-13, some questions will also require knowledge of subject matter from Weeks 1-6.
Note that there are also three non-assessed practical quizzes that must be done before undertaking field work. These are to ensure that students are properly prepared for the field-based practicals.
Extensions, penalties and disruptions to studies
Late assignments will attract a penalty of 10% of the total marks allocated to the exercise per day. You may hand in your work after the due date and escape penalty only if you have an acceptable reason (usually a medical certificate). Discuss your problem with the Lecturer as early as possible before the due date.
Information about the Disruptions to Studies policy and procedure is online at Policy Central: http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/procedure.html.
Information on managing your Disruptions to Studies: http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/manage_your_study_program/disruption_to_studies/
All Disruptions to Studies notifications should be submitted using the online form: ask.mq.edu.au
Note that plagiarism cases may result in zero marks being awarded for the assessment or failure of the unit.