BIOSCI 109 : Ecology and Evolution: The Continuum of Life
2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Describe patterns of distribution, diversity and abundance of organisms and the factors that drive these over a range of spatial and temporal scales. (Capability 1 and 4)
- Explain the consequences of human activities for genes, individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems. (Capability 2, 3 and 6)
- Describe how Te Ao Māori and the practice of ecologists connect. (Capability 4 and 6)
- Construct scientific questions that are specific and testable. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Use and apply scientific methods and processes under supervision to gather, analyse, interpret and/or synthesise data in order to draw conclusions and make scientifically based decisions. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
- Critically evaluate and synthesise primary ecological and evolutionary literature. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
- Communicate ecological and evolutionary concepts and experimental outcomes clearly and logically using language and formats appropriate for a scientific audience. (Capability 1, 4, 5 and 6)
|Final Exam||45%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
Students must pass the practical (assignments and reports) and the theory (exam and quizzes) independently to pass the course overall.
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ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION IN ACTION: Evolution & society, science in NZ Aotearoa, biogeography, people as disruptors, anthropocene, marine and terrestrial ecosystems
- Students must complete a field activity form before completing field work.
- There are no extra costs associated with these field trips, however you will need to make your own way to the reserves. Public transport details for getting to the reserves will be available in Canvas.
- Attending a field trip is essential to being able to write the reports for assessment.
- Fieldwork involves approximately 5 hours of outdoor research identifying plants along unpaved bush tracks. Fairly minimal walking is required (~1km) but the ground is uneven and could be slippery. Please discuss any accessibility issues with the course coordinator Caroline Aspden (firstname.lastname@example.org), we are able to adjust for student needs.
- Students must bring their lunch and adequate water (at least one litre), there are no shops.
- You will also need to bring appropriate clothing (sunhat, raincoat, warm layers) and comfortable covered footwear (laced shoes e.g. trainers or boots, or gum boots NO jandals or sandals) that you don't mind getting wet or dirty. Some gear can be borrowed from the department (e.g. raincoats and gumboots) and accompanying persons and service/guide dogs may be able to attend – please contact course coordinator Caroline Aspden (email@example.com) for more information about these or to discuss other access requirements.
- Toilets are available at both field sites. Toilets are gender neutral at the Kaipatiki field site.
Attendance is required at scheduled activities including labs and field trips to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be taught on campus and available online as recordings. Other learning activities including labs and field trips will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
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In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.
The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.
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Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.