Weekly contact hours consist of two lectures and one of either a 3-hour practical, 2-hour tutorial OR full-day field trip to the Australian Museum. The schedule is outlined below and will also be available on iLearn.
REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED TEXTS AND/OR MATERIALS
Weekly required reading is available on iLearn and should be read prior to each weeks' activities.
There is no required textbook. However, the second-year Ecology (BIOL227) textbook contains excellent background from many of the topics covered in this unit. If you don't have a copy, it is available at the library.
Begon M, Howarth RW, Townsend CR (2014) Essentials of ecology. 4th edition. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Cambridge. The 3rd (2008) edition is also acceptable.
UNIT WEBPAGE AND TECHNOLOGY USED AND REQUIRED
Lecture graphics and iLectures (now called Echo360) will be available on iLearn (http://ilearn.mq.edu.au). iLearn is a web-based communication package and can be accessed by most web browsers from inside or outside the University. iLearn and email will be the primary methods of communication in this subject. You are expected to use iLearn for:
- Regularly checking subject announcements;
- Downloading lecture, practical, tutorial and weekly reading materials;
- Checking your grades.
How do you log in? The URL for the iLearn log in page is: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
You must log in to iLearn each time you use it. Your username is your student number, and your password is your myMQ student portal password, provided upon enrolment (unless you've changed it). If you are having trouble accessing your online unit due to a disability or health condition, please go to the Student Services Website at http://www.students.mq.edu.au/support for information on how to get assistance.
If you are having problems logging on—that is, if you cannot log in after ensuring you have entered your username and password correctly—you should contact Student IT Help, Phone: (02) 9850 4357 (in Sydney) or 1 800 063 191 (outside Sydney).
The analysis components of practicals will be carried out using the computer programs R (http://cran.r-project.org) and R Studio (https://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download). Lab computers will have this software installed. However, the software is freely available for download if you wish to install the software on a personal computer.
The Department has a friendly online forum for any questions relating to R and analysis (http://quantitative-advice.gg.mq.edu.au). Login and ask a question! You should get a fairly quick response.