WIS 5496: Research Design in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Fall 2007 SYLLABUS Date Topic Prep Due M Aug 27 Course Intro: Science & induction W Aug 29 Ecological theory & knowledge I: Content Pickett 1-3 HW 1 Obs M Sept 3 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY – No Class W Sept 5 Ecological theory & knowledge II: Process Pickett 4-5 HW 2 WOS M Sept 10 “My Paradigm” Kuhn 1-6 HW 3 paradigm W Sept 12 Logic structure – Hypothetical Walk M Sept 17 Research Design Overview - Testing HW 4 HDM modes and criteria W Sept 19 History / science philosophy & ecology I Gillies 1 & 2 M Sept 24 No Class (focus on HW!!!) W Sept 26 History / science philosophy & ecology II Gillies 10 HW 5 Bibliography M Oct 1 Descriptive, Exploratory, & Case Study Swisher; de Vaus; designs - examples W Oct 3 Experimental & Comparative designs - James & McCulloch examples M Oct 8 Multi-causality in ecology and design Quinn & Dunham HW 6&7 Study Design Background W Oct 10 Design, testing criteria, & inference M Oct 15 MIDTERM I W Oct 17 On Being a Graduate Student, HW 8 Advisor M Oct 22 Research Proposals, finding funding Proposals HW 9 Funding COS W Oct 24 Sampling & design I: Fundamental issues Green M Oct 29 Sampling & design II: Constraints & Underwood biases W Oct 31 Sampling & design III: Power & sample Sheiner & Guerevitch size 2 M Nov 5 Sampling & design V: McGarigal Data structure, variables, & measures W Nov 7 Stat analysis selection I: Bayesian folder (3 Bayesian vs. Frequentist approaches short papers) M Nov 12 VETERANS DAY – NO CLASS W Nov 14 Design Practicum I THEORY PAPER M Nov 19 OFF W Nov 21 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY M Nov 26 Stat analysis selection II Sheiner and Road-mapping Guerevitch 1 W Nov 28 Design Practicum II HW 10 Design and Methods M Dec 3 Ethics in research; Ethical Rationality in Peach; (S-F & Conservation McCoy) W Dec 5 MIDTERM II Fri Dec 7 POSTER SESSION – NZ BREEZEWAY 1-3 PM POSTER WIS 5496: Research Design in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Instructor: Dr. Katie Sieving, Associate Professor, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Phone: 846-0569; UF username = chucao; Website = http://www.wec.ufl.edu/faculty/SievingK/ Office: 320 Newins-Ziegler Hall Office Hours: MONDAY 1-2 PM WEDNESDAY 1-3 PM Class Meetings: This class meets twice a week – up to 2 hours per meeting. Mon/Wed – Periods 4&5, Room 2108 in McCarty Hall B Class time = 10:40-12:35 Course Description Course Overview: WIS 5496 is designed for beginning graduate students studying ecological disciplines related to conservation, M.Sc. or Ph.D., in the early stages of their research and degree program. This course focuses primarily on the strategy of developing research projects. A good strategy involves integrated development of the research question (hypothesis), desired inference and outcomes of the study, with type of study design; all located within the context of the disciplinary paradigm the student will be operating under. Tactics of design are also dealt with in the second portion of the course, including sampling design and choice of statistical methods based on the constraints that students face within their study systems. Activities complimenting lecture material and readings include discussion, independent and group projects, homework, and a polished research proposal and presentations related to students' own research. Learning Objectives: 1. Understanding of the hypothetical-deductive process, and be conversant in modes and criteria for testing hypotheses. 2. Understanding of the nature of ‘theory’ (systems of knowledge), its relationship to application, the structure and dynamics of ecological theory, and how theory supports any research endeavor. 3. A basic grasp of the philosophy of science and, in particular, how the emerging philosophy of ecological science diverges from historical themes, and how science philosophy influences research approaches. 4. Ability to select appropriate kinds of analyses for a given study design and question. (NOTE: This is NOT a stats course - you will not crunch any numbers in this class). 5. Ability to discuss essentials of sampling and statistical design for data collection, and common constraints faced by field ecologists. 6. Ability to explain how conservation objectives affect the ways we practice and use scientific logic, inference, and investigative and analytical processes. Topics Covered: • Hypothesis Testing Logic under Ecological Paradigms • Experimental, Comparative, & ‘Case Study’ Designs • Scientific Inference, Explanation, and Causality • Falsification, Confirmation, Reductionism, Holism • Brief history of Science Philosophy most Relevant to Ecology • Sampling Design, Power Analysis, & Sample Size • Selecting Appropriate Field and Statistical Methods • Research Proposal Development and Defense • Research Ethics and Conservation Science Grading: Participation (attendance, work-sharing, preparation) 100 2 midterms (100 each) 200 Proposal / Theory Paper 100 Poster Presentations & Critiques 100 Homework (timely submission and effort; 20 each) 200 Total 700 Course grade will be determined on a straight percentage accumulation of total points (90% or more = A; B+ = 87-89%; B = 80-86%; C+ 77-79%; C = 70-76%; etc.), unless application of a curve becomes necessary (usually for exams, it does). Participation Points: 1) High quality discussions require readings to be done by the day that readings are listed. • You will need to keep a basic reading journal. This is because of the following. • I will collect Reading Notes from you each day of class that a reading is ‘due’ (at the beginning of class). • The format of these notes will be the following (they must be typed, not handwritten – your journal can be hand-written, but not what you hand in): o Part 1 – The main point of the reading (as you see it) – 1 paragraph, max. o Part 2 – up to 5 Key Concepts – briefly explained (2 sentences each). These are key concepts you found interesting. Some readings will have far more than 5 – you only need 5 explained. Some readings might only have 2 or 3 KC’s – then you only need to do that many. Note – if you can’t do the reading and notes, then come to class and hand in a piece of paper saying so – your grade will not suffer for missing a few. But if your grade (at the end of term) is on the borderline, preparation in the form of regularly finished Reading Notes will kick your grade up a level. A record of no reading prep could bump you down. 2) Hand in written assignments on time! I interact so much with students in this course, that to have assignments trickle in is counterproductive – so I reserve the right to doc participation points, and reduce the grade on homeworks and other assignments, after 1 day past the deadline. Required Readings: Students can view and download all required readings from Dr. Sieving’s website: • http://www.wec.ufl.edu/faculty/SievingK/ • click on Readings for my Courses, • then type in sieving (username) and readings (password). • Follow the course links (WIS 5496) to required readings. Announcements to All UF Students Academic Honesty: As a result of completing the registration form at the University of Florida, every student has signed the statement: "I understand that the University of Florida expects its students to be honest in all their academic work. I agree to adhere to this commitment to academic honesty and understand that my failure to comply with this commitment may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University." UF Counseling Services: Resources are available on campus for students have personal problems or difficulty with determining career and academic goals that interfere with academic performance. These resources include: 1. University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling; 2. Student Mental Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling; 3. Sexual Assault Recovery Services (SARS), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, sexual assault counseling and, 4. Career Resources Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling. Software Use: All faculty, staff, and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal arguments governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. Rules of Behavior During Lectures and Laboratory Sessions: Every community has modes of behavior that allow people to function together. Our class is going to be a small but interactive community – you can facilitate this dynamic: 1. Be respectful of yourself, your peers, and teachers -- in all your interactions as a UF Student, and a classmate. 2. If it goes beep, ring or otherwise makes noise, turn it off before you come into class. Students with Disabilities: Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold our peers and ourselves to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.
Pages to are hidden for
"WIS 5496 Research Design in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation"Please download to view full document