- Code BIOL2131
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Plant Science, Evolution and Ecology
Ecology concerns the fundamental patterns and flows in natural biological systems. We consider how organisms interact with their physical environment and with each other to shape their individual attributes, patterns of population dynamics, distribution, diversity and abundance; and across scales of time and space, the patterns and processes of community assembly and ecosystem function. Why are some organisms found here, and not there? Why do plants and animals look and work like they do? What makes their populations large or small, or change in size? Why do some organisms co-exist together, and others not? Why is there so much diversity? In understanding these questions, we gain critical insight into how populations and communities have evolved, how energy and biomass flow through ecosystems, and how populations and communities respond to changes in their environment. These changes may result from natural disturbances such as changes in climate, through altered disease prevalence or competition, or from human modification of habitat, perhaps through overharvesting or species removal.
The aim of this course is to provide a foundation in ecological thinking, in relevant field methods and in the application of ecology for understanding and conserving natural ecosystems. The course will consider the major biological kingdoms, and will address key themes, including the study of organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems, placing them in context across physical scales from the individual to the Earth system, across processes from the flow of mass and energy to biotic interactions such as competition, and across modes of study from theory to practice.
Learning OutcomesOn satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Examine and summarise central ideas underpinning the ecology of individuals, populations, communities & ecosystems;
- Integrate ecological understanding of processes operating across multiple scales of space and time;
- Use observation, experimentation and modelling to generate and test ecological hypotheses;
- Critically evaluate scientific evidence to understand ecological patterns and processes;
- Conduct basic ecological research and communicate the findings;
- Work as a research team and provide effective peer support and feedback.
Other InformationAs an indication, the cost to students for the 3 day field trip in Kioloa during 9-11 March 2018 will be around $170.
- Scientific Reports (40%): You will synthesise information from the literature integrating where required with new data to present the outcomes of ecological research in written and/or graphical form (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
- Practical presentations (20%): Working as a team, you will present a summary of findings responding to a challenge or applied ecological question (LO 5, 6).
- Theory Exam (40%): You will be asked to think critically, analyse available information and present a logical written argument on questions concerning ecological understanding and/or its application for the benefit of society (LO 1, 2, 3, 4).
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WorkloadTwo lectures per week, a one-hour tutorial and three-hour practical per week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsKey readings will be provided on Wattle.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|4443||19 Feb 2018||26 Feb 2018||31 Mar 2018||25 May 2018||In Person|