Course Description

Environmental reports draw conclusions from field experiments and analyses of the data, but how can we evaluate the validity of these conclusions?  This course will cover basic concepts of experimental design including common flaws in sampling, data collection and data analysis. Evening classes will be held on campus to give students a theoretical foundation that they will then apply to field work at U of C's Barrier Lake Field Station. During the intensive weekend in Kananaskis, you will design a study to answer a specific ecological question, collect field data, analyse the data to address the question and present your findings to your colleagues. You will write a short final paper that will critically compare and evaluate the three density-measurement techniques used in the field experiments.

Course Details

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse a scientific problem with respect to  the core issues of the problem
  • Use basic experimental design concepts to evaluate environmental field studies
  • Critically evaluate presentations of environmental data
  • Use some field techniques for estimating population density


Formerly BMC 275 Introduction to Field Methods in Ecology


  • Larry Linton

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


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