MSc by Research Entomology -
A vital skill for any surveyor or wildlife manager is to be able to collect data under field conditions using well-structured experimental designs, process the material in the laboratory if necessary, to apply appropriate statistical procedures to test scientific hypotheses and to explore and present data sets. The sessions will follow a 'work-shop' format so that students can work at their own pace. A wide variety of analytical procedures, both parametric and non-parametric, will be studied to develop data exploration and presentation skills, including those for multivariate data. Special ecological sampling techniques are described as are capture-recapture methods. Analysis of data from ecological communities is explored, including measures of diversity and ordination methods. Students will receive extensive training in the use of Minitab (20 credits over two terms: 40 hours lectures and 40 hours practicals).
Autumn and Spring Terms, 20 credit Module (Professor Tom Oliver)