BIO1022 : Ecology and Conservation
- Offered for Year: 2020/21
- Module Leader(s): Dr Emmi Hall
- Lecturer: Dr Richard Bevan
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
An introduction to ecological interactions between organisms and environment, and to ecological concepts applied at the level of individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems. Introduction to conservation principles, policy and practice.
Outline Of Syllabus
Introduction to ecological concepts
Research methods in ecology
Climate, air, water and chemicals
Intraspecific and interspecific interactions, predation
Succession, population dynamics, communities, biogeography
Ecotoxicology, applied ecology
Conservation principles, policy and practice
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Threats to biodiversity
Conservation of habitats, populations and species
Conservation and Human Societies
The lecture programme is complemented by field trips during which a range of methods for ecological study and data analysis are used.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||4:00||4:00||Summative computer assessment on field classes 5 & 6|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||4:00||4:00||Summative field class report 4 1000 words equivalent|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||4:00||12:00||Formative field class reports (1-3)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||36||0:30||18:00||Revision for exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||24||0:45||18:00||Lecture follow up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||3:00||3:00||Computer practical using SimBio|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||2||1:30||3:00||Computer practical using Excel|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||6||4:00||24:00||Field class preparation and follow up|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||4||4:00||16:00||Skills practice: Excel, referencing|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||6||5:00||30:00||Field classes|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||22||2:00||44:00||Background reading|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures provide a theoretical framework for ecology and conservation, 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 collecting, analysing and presenting their own data. The field classes are supported by two 1.5 hour Excel computer practicals. All reports use Excel to manipulate and analyse data, and produce professionally formatted figures. Literature searching and citing references from scientific sources, in the correct format, will be included in reports.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||30||Field class report - 1000 words equivalent (600 words + figures)|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||Field class report 1|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||Field class report 2|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||Field class report 3|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The exam will assess: Insight into the major concepts used to understand ecology and conservation; knowledge of relevant examples; understanding of terminology and definitions. The practical classes and field reports test problem solving; data handling, interpretation and presentation skills; with use of supporting scientific literature.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 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.
Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss.