PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION
Credit points: 15
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
Subject Co-ordinatorDennis Black
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Prerequisites BIO1AD or BIO1PS
Incompatible subjects WEM2TAE, WEM2EPA, WEM2EGE, WEM2EPB
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Albury-Wodonga, 2014, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDennis Black
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.
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
|Essay (1500 words) due mid semester||20|
|Final exam-essay and short answer (2 hours)||40|
|Mid-term exam (1 hour) short answer||10|
|Project (taxonomic collection) (1000 words end of semester)||20|
|Quizzes in practical classes, weekly.||10|