ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

SCI2ECO

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will develop and expand student knowledge and skills in ecological systems that are considered essential to an understanding of agricultural science, including its practical application and its relationship to the surrounding environment. A healthy ecological system is a key indicator of a sustainable environment. Students will explore biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems and the interactive processes between them. Topics include: the physicochemical characteristics of water and their biological applications and implications; the principles and concepts of aquatic science; aquatic ecosystems such as lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams and coastal habitats; energy flows in food chains and nutrient cycles in natural and agro ecosystems; soil origin and formation; soil physical description; , soil chemistry; and soil carbon and organic matter. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affect the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGary Clark

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE or requires Subject Coordinator approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsNote: this subject is taught at the Epping Campus of Melbourne Polytechnic

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Ecology of aquatic systems

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorDobson, M & Frid, C

Year2009

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK.

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Analytical measurements in aquatic environments

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorNamiesnik, J & Szefer, P

Year2010

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCRC PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.

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Standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater, 21st edn, American Public Health Association

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorAPHA-AWWA-WEF

Year2005

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAMERICAN WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION & WATER ENVIRONMENT FEDERATION, WASHINGTON, D.C.

ISBNN/A

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Australian soil fertility manual

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorPrice, G

Year2006

Edition/Volume3RD EDN

PublisherCSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA.

ISBNN/A

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Understanding vineyard soils

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorWhite, R

Year2009

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, UK.

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Soils: their properties and management

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorChapman, P & Murphy, B

Year2007

Edition/Volume3RD EDITION

PublisherOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, UK.

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

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Aquatic ecosystems: trends and global prospects

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorPolunin, V

Year2008

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify ecological concepts, including ecosystem components, interactive processes, nutrient cycling and energy flow
02. Identify different ecosystems and develop techniques used for sampling and monitoring their health
03. Describe the relationship between physicochemical parameters of soil and water and environmental health
04. Evaluate and interpret physical, chemical and biological parameters of soil and water, for purposes of sound management of agro-ecological systems.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGary Clark

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 36
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 36 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 31 - 36
One 2.00 h practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 36 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 36
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 36 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 37 - 42
One 2.00 h unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Students complete online activities (pre- recorded lectures and other materials) prior to the scheduled workshop.

WorkShopWeek: 37 - 43
Two 2.50 h workshop per study period on weekends during the day from week 37 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
2 day intensive workshop

WorkShopWeek: 37 - 42
One 2.50 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Students can choose either the face-to-face or virtual (Online) class option.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
1 x 25-minute online Aquatic Ecosystem Quiz (450 words equivalent) Formative assessment.  Short quiz on material from early aquatic ecosystem lectures and flipped classesN/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2
80-minute examination (1,350- words equivalent) 80-minute exam on material from aquatic ecosystem lectures and flipped classesN/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2
15-minute (5 minutes/member) Group oral presentation on Excursion/Field Visits (450 word equiv/std Group oral presentation (15 minutes, 5 minutes/member) on group field practical exerciseN/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Soil Report (2250 words) This assessment is based on Topics 1 and 8-12. It consists of a written report on measurement of soil ecosystem parameters and their interpretation for sound agro-ecosystem managementN/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4