BIOSCI 206 : Principles of Ecology
2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)
The aim of this paper is to introduce the student to the field of ecology and ecological methods, including recent advances. The course starts by setting the broad physical constraints and distribution of abiotic factors that sets the canvas for all life on earth, both terrestrial and aquatic/marine. It then examines how organisms survive and interact in increasing scales of organization, from the individual, to populations, communities, ecosystems, landscapes and global scales. In delivery of the course, there is also a focus on developing both academic and practical skills for developing and addressing ecological questions in a scientifically rigorous manner and effectively interpreting and communicating results and conclusions.
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|
- Understand how biotic and abiotic factors determine the distribution, diversity and abundance of populations and communities of organisms. (Capability 1)
- Understand ecosystem function and how ecological concepts apply at a range of scales (Capability 1)
- Critically evaluate and synthesise primary ecological literature on ecological concepts or ecosystems (Capability 2, 3 and 5)
- Use and apply scientific methods and processes to gather, analyse, interpret and/or synthesise data to draw conclusions and make scientifically based decisions. (Capability 2, 3 and 5)
- Develop an understanding of Māori and other multicultural perspectives and their relevance to the practice of ecologists. (Capability 4, 5 and 6)
- Communicate ecological concepts and experimental outcomes clearly and logically using language and formats appropriate for a scientific audience. (Capability 4, 5 and 6)
|Wenderholm field trip report||15%||Individual Coursework|
|Multi-day field trip experimental report||25%||Individual Coursework|
|Midterm Test||25%||Individual Test|
|Final Exam||35%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
|Wenderholm field trip report|
|Multi-day field trip experimental report|
Overall pass marks are required separately for both the practical (i.e. the two field trip reports) and theory (i.e. the midterm test and final exam) components of the course.
- Course introduction, asking ecological questions, and Māori perspectives on Ecology
- Terrestrial and Marine Biomes
- Microbial and Molecular Ecology
- Individual and Population Ecology
- Community Ecology
- Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology
- Biogeography and Macroecology
- Applied Ecology
This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect 3 hours of lectures, 4 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 3 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation per week.
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