ECOLOGY

BIO2ECO

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, we will study environmental factors and their effects on organisms; key topics are: evolution and adaptation, properties of populations as well as interactions between organisms, including competition and predator-prey relationships. These concepts will be further illustrated with recently published research work in ecology and relevant video programs. The practical component will re-enforce some of the lecture material and introduce a number of ecological techniques. In addition, practicals will be used to illustrate the diversity of organisms in freshwater, terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites OED1RAL or BIO1CO or approval of subject coordinator.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEcology: An Australian Perspective (2nd edn)PrescribedAttiwill,P. & Wilson, B.(2006)MELBOURNE: OXFORD

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Elaborate on and illustrate the common principles that govern marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems and interpret a number of important differences between these systems.

Activities:
Discussed in lectures and by watching topical documentaries, and practiced in lab/field classes

02. Analyse the processes and interactions in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems (including nutrient cycling, energy flow, biodiversity, population dynamics, inter- and intra-specific interactions, zonation, succession and invasions) and relate them to evolutionary theory.

Activities:
Discussed in lectures and watching topical documentaries, and practiced in lab/field classes

03. Use controlled experiments to investigate some of these processes and interactions in terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems, and report on these using standard scientific report format.

Activities:
Practised in practicals.

04. Show awareness of research in the field of ecology by giving a presentation of a recently published paper and respond to fellow students presentations.

Activities:
Introduced in lectures and associated reading material. Students also need to study a recent publications and preparation session for oral presentation.

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