|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
An introduction to ecological interactions between animals, plants and environment, and to ecological concepts applied at the level of individuals, populations and communities. The lecture programme is complemented by field trips during which a range of methods for ecological study are used.
i) What is ecology? Defining ecological terms and concepts; the species, population, community and ecosystem.
ii) The environment. Defining the environment as perceived by the organism. Physical, Chemical and Biotic factors.
iii) Species responses to the environment I: Temperature.
iv) Species responses to the environment II: Radiation.
v) Species responses to the environment III: Water, air etc.
vi) Chemical resources
vii) Chemical pollutants
viii) The biotic environment: Interactions within a species
ix) The biotic environment: Interactions with other species
x) Natural enemies
xi) The role of natural enemies in population regulation
xii) Communities: Their description and causes of change
xiii) Species-area relationships
xiv) Patterns of species richness
xv) Applied ecology
xvi) There will be 4 x 4 hour field classes
Insights into how individuals, populations and communities function ecologically; knowledge of how the physical environment influences ecological processes; an understanding of ecological interactions both within and between trophic levels.
Improved techniques for translating ecological observations into quantitative data that are amenable to objective analysis; understanding and improved ability to use experimental design and hypothesis testing; problem solving; tabulation and graphical presentation of data; working in small groups
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||15||1:00||15:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||Preparation for Field class and report write-up|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:00||1:00||Final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||15||0:30||7:30||Revision for final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||15||1:00||15:00||Completion of post-lecture directed reading|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||4||4:00||16:00||Includes field trips|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||4:15||4:15||Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||15||0:45||11:15||Lecture follow up|
The lectures provide a theoretical framework for ecology, illustrated with examples. The field classes support the lecture material by means of actual examples of the concepts and processes. The field classes also enable the students to gain experience of preparing and presenting their own data.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||50||Carried out in small groups - will include data analysis & presentation (x4; total 50%)|
The exam will test for: Insight into the major concepts used to understand ecology; knowledge of relevant examples; understanding of terminology; and definitions. The practical classes test for data handling, interpretation and presentation skills. Students are required to prepare for each field class and to examine the feedback on their own reports and that provided collectively to the class. The exam comprises 50 True:False and 50 multiple choice questions. The In-course work has deadlines in teaching weeks 8, 9, 10 and 11.
To ensure that students have achieved a sufficient level of knowledge and skills, students are required to attain at least 30% in the exam in order to pass the module. For students failing to attain at least 30% in the exam, the module mark will be the exam mark without the inclusion of the in-course assessment marks.
The resit is examination only (no coursework) and covers both the lecture and practical material presented in the module. There are questions on all parts of the module. The resit examination lasts for 2 hours.
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