Ecology - Populations to Ecosystems
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Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- demonstrate a broad understanding and appreciation of the conceptual basis and basic principles of ecology;
- demonstrate a broad understanding of how the distribution and abundance of plants and animals are described through increasingly complex levels of biological organisation (populations, communities and ecosystems) and communicate this information to others through written and verbal formats;
- demonstrate a broad knowledge of the fundamental role of ecological gradients in structuring population and communities and in shaping nutrient and energy flow in ecosystems and communicate this information to others through written and verbal formats; and
- demonstrate well-developed theoretical and practical skills in the observation, description and measurement of populations, communities and ecosystems.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects moodle site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
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- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- TravelDetails - Travel may be required to attend the Course Observation and the Final Examination for this subject.
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Ecology is based on an understanding of the distribution and abundance of living organisms, interactions between species, populations and communities, and interactions between organisms and their environment. This unit focuses on the ecology of populations, communities and ecosystems, and the processes that structure ubiquitous gradients (e.g. altitude, latitude, soil fertility, moisture) in terrestrial landscapes. Topics include competition, predator-prey relationships, community structure and succession, dispersal and recruitment, flows of energy and matter in ecosystems, and the role of disturbance in regulating ecosystem dynamics, and human impacts on global ecosystems. This unit provides an introduction to major Australian ecosystems such as forests, woodlands, deserts and aquatic biomes.
Populations: 1200 words Communities: 1200 words Quiz: 8 x online quizzes worth 2.5% each; 500 words Final Examination: 2hrs 15 minutes duration Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4
- Populations (20%)
- Communities (20%)
- Online Quiz (20%)
- Final Examination (40%)