ECOL100 Ecology: Concepts and Applications

Updated: 26 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location 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
17 August 2020 19 August 2020 Mandatory None
12 December 2020 14 December 2020 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

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 (
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.

Important Information

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Further information

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
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.