Blog Post 5: Design Reflections

Observation data collection method was used in the initial data collection process for the project. Through the quadrat sampling strategy, animal and plant species within the quadrats were observed, classified, and recorded. In a research regarding biotic and abiotic factors, observation is the best data collection method. However, observation may be erroneous especially if combined with some sampling strategies because only the target species are observed and considered while others are ignored. Additionally, since human beings are to error, the information obtained may influence the accuracy of the results for example, in a situation where some target species are omitted in the count.

Implementing the quadrat sampling strategy was a quick and easy. However, identification, counting, and recording were some of the challenges since the activities were manually performed. Additionally, selecting an open area for the quadrats was challenging because the quadrats had to be laid on the ground due to the target animal species.

Regardless of the accuracy bottlenecks of the quadrat sampling strategy, the study decides to continue with the same with a little modification. The modification will include an addition of the target species as well as increased area of study with more quadrats. The quadrats will not be randomly placed but aligned in a square shape until the area of study is complete. The modifications will enhance the accuracy, reliability, and quality of the results, data, and information from the study. Additionally, the modifications will ensure that the project successfully achieves its key goals and objectives.

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