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BIO1022 : Ecology and Conservation

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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
Conservation Biology
Valuing biodiversity
Threats to biodiversity
Conservation of habitats, populations and species
Practical Conservation
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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:3010:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Summative computer assessment on field classes 5 & 6
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Summative field class report 4 1000 words equivalent
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion34:0012:00Formative field class reports (1-3)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading240:4518:00Lecture follow up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Computer practical using SimBio
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical21:303:00Computer practical using Excel
Guided Independent StudySkills practice64:0024:00Field class preparation and follow up
Guided Independent StudySkills practice44:0016:00Skills practice: Excel, referencing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork65:0030:00Field classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study242:0048:00Background reading
Total200:00
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.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1201A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M15Field class report 4 (1000 word equivalent)
Computer assessment1M15Summative computer assessment on field classes 5 & 6 (max 5 hours)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MField class report 1 (Approx. 400 words excluding data analysis and graphs)
Practical/lab report1MField class report 2 (Approx. 400 words excluding data analysis and graphs)
Practical/lab report1MField class report 3 (Approx. 400 words excluding data analysis and graphs)
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 Blackboard test computer assessment tests observation and field note taking skills.

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.

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