Ecology - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignments (60%) , Invigilated Exam (40%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,864.00
International 2,114.00

This unit covers ecological sampling and ecology, including practical skills in ecological sampling techniques and their application to the study of ecological systems and environmental pollution. This unit trains students in the utilisation of ecological sampling techniques in the field to solve applied ecological problems and in preparing critical scientific reports.

Please note the dates below for the compulsory requirements for this unit to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's Bundoora Campus:

Study Period 3:

  • Nov 14 - 18, 2016 - 9:30am - 4pm

Study Period 4:

  • Feb 13 - 17, 2017 - 9:30am - 4pm

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. outline the key structural and energy flows in a variety of ecosystems
  2. explain the concepts of succession and dynamism in ecosystems
  3. explain the principles and examples of how population dynamics interact with management of reserves
  4. outline the main factors affecting ecosystems (fire, invasions, competition) and their management
  5. investigate unknown ecosystems for these flows, both qualitatively and quantitatively choose and use appropriate methods to sample terrestrial and aquatic habitats for their main flora and fauna, populations and environmental quality
  6. Choose and use appropriate methods to sample terrestrial and aquatic habitats for their main flora and fauna, populations and environmental quality.
  • Assignments (60%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Some on campus attendance — Practicals - 5 full-day mandatory on-campus practicals in Melbourne.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Basic ecological principles - ecosystem level; energy flow; productivity; nutrient cycling; community structure; comparing communities
2Basic ecological principles - population level; population sizes and distributions; survey design; population dynamics; management of reserves
3Habitat ecology; sampling techniques for plants and animals in freshwater; marine and terrestrial habitats; environmental quality
4Environment management techniques and problems; control of vegetation; fire ecology; design of reserves; revegetation; pest control; land planning

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Elements of Ecology: 9th Global Edition

    By:Smith T.M & Smith R.L

    ISBN: 9781292077406


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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