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IBIS CPD - Field Study Design FREE ONLINE COURSE

18 Jun 2015

IBIS is offering a Continuing Professional development course covering study design for aquatic science practitioners

CPD - Field Study Design

Available from 18th June 2015, this course will focus on understanding how to make inferences about populations of aquatic animals through sampling. The participants will gain an enhanced understanding of how the following factors act in concert to define the requirements of a study: variability in the biological system of interest; methodological limitations in data collection; what the study is required to detect; sample size.

Field Study Design CPD

 

 

 

 

Continuing Professional Development course - FIELD STUDY DESIGN

IBIS is offering a Continuing Professional Development course covering study design for aquatic science practitioners.

The course will be taught formally with lectures and coursework (for submission and assessment) based on the lecture material. Meeting aims of sustainability and lowest carbon footprint, the lectures will be delivered online. After registering your interest and upon confirmation of availability, you will be sent a web link to the course location and a password to logon and view video of a prepared lecture with PowerPoint presentations. After the presentation you will download coursework for completion and return to the course provider for review and assessment.


Course Outline

The course will be run by Marine Monitoring Solutions in partnership with the IBIS project.

The course is designed for technicians, students, research assistants and field practitioners who have some experience of aquatic biology from academic study, field and laboratory work, or both.

There is no specific pre-requisite understanding required for the course. However, for general background reading we recommend the following book:

Ruxton, G. & Colgrave, N. (2006) Experimental Design for the Life Sciences, 3rd Edition (2010), 200 pp.

The aim of the course is to provide a refresher on the basics of study design that are pertinent to marine and freshwater biology.

In particular, the course will focus on understanding how to make inferences about populations of aquatic animals through sampling. The participants will gain an enhanced understanding of how the following factors act in concert to define the requirements of a study: variability in the biological system of interest; methodological limitations in data collection; what the study is required to detect; sample size.

In addition, participants will learn to identify common mistakes including: pseudo-replication; Type-I and Type-II error; sampling bias; confounding.

The course will be available from 18th June 2015 and students must complete and have submitted all course work by 26th June 2015.

To get to grips with the topics, participants will be given lectures followed by exercises.

In the exercises, participants will: create and interpret data plots; calculate various statistics from data; critically assess basic and complex study designs from reports and peer-reviewed publications; design new studies to answer specific questions.

Participants will require a computer with Microsoft Excel installed. All learning materials will be provided during the course.

You can register your interest for this CPD HERE

In the event of oversubscription, IBIS reserves the absolute right to select participants as it sees fit in order to best meet the objectives of the programme.

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