ECOL100 Ecology: Concepts and Applications

Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
06 September 2018 08 September 2018 Mandatory None
10 December 2018 12 December 2018 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.

Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Sabine Both (sboth@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

The estimated number of described species on earth is between 1.5 and 1.8 million species. Many others await discovery and formal recognition. Studying the distribution and abundance of species, and associated interactions with their natural environment is central to understanding how our earth works. Ecology helps us understand the underpinning principles of natural systems and cycles, thereby enabling the prediction of species' response to environmental change. Ecology also helps us understand complex problems that may arise from species' response to environmental change. This unit through high level practical engagements (including a field trip) introduces main concepts of ecology within an applied framework. Students will also be exposed to the evolutionary perspective that forms the theoretical foundation of the syllabus.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Essay 20% 1200
Assessment Notes

Essay Critique

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2

Compulsory Practical 0%
Assessment Notes

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Compulsory Quiz 20%
Assessment Notes

Self quizzes x 4 worth 5% each

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Report 30% 1200
Assessment Notes

Practical report including field note book

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-6

Compulsory Work Book 30% 1200
Assessment Notes

Topical issue in ecology

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2, 5, 6


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. describe the philosophy of ecological thinking (both European and Indigenous);
  2. incorporate the global perspective of ecological systems into their future work which will also demonstrate the student's ability to work autonomously and to rely on their own sense of judgment;
  3. demonstrate a technical and theoretical knowledge of the subject by recognising and evaluating the need for methodological approaches to ecological problem solving;
  4. establish and manage basic ecological data-set which will also demonstrate the ability to analyse information and provide solutions to sometimes complex problems;
  5. incorporate the biophysical setting of Australian and other ecosystems into their ecological thinking; and
  6. describe climate, soils and energy cycles in an ecological context which will also demonstrate the student's ability to transmit information to others.