PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION

WEM2PEE

2014

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an overview of ecology and the genetics of populations with a focus on biodiversity and interactions. Topics include population ecology, types of competition, dynamics of simple competition systems, competition models and real systems, types of predation, dynamics of simple predator-prey systems, predator-prey models and real systems, decomposers, parasitism and mutualism, the maintenance and distribution of genetic variation, the measurement of inbreeding, and the impact of natural selection. Other topics include community ecology, abiotic and biotic determinants of community structure, food web stability and complexity, applied ecology principles and dynamics of biological control, application of island biogeography and dynamics of agricultural and managed forest ecosystems. Students will collect and present a taxonomic project including a group of organisms of their choice.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDennis Black

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO1AD or BIO1PS

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects WEM2TAE, WEM2EPA, WEM2EGE, WEM2EPB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2014, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDennis Black

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Essay (1500 words) due mid semester20
Final exam-essay and short answer (2 hours)40
Mid-term exam (1 hour) short answer10
Project (taxonomic collection) (1000 words end of semester)20
Quizzes in practical classes, weekly.10