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ENVT2250 Ecology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Conservation Biology; Botany; Wildlife Conservation; Marine Science; Marine Biology major sequences
  • Level 2 option in the Zoology major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
Content
The objective of this unit is to provide a foundation in ecological science that allows students to understand the biological and environmental drivers of where species occur and how species interact with each other to form functional ecosystems. It covers basic principles in ecology including community and population structure and dynamics; biogeography; productivity and trophic relationships; and nutrient and water cycling processes. The unit also develops an evolutionary and biogeographical framework to understand biodiversity and rarity of plants and animals in terrestrial and marine environments. It emphasises timescales and spatial scales and their importance to processes of evolution and environmental change in Australia. Human impacts on species and ecosystems are a recurring theme. Guest lecturers who are practising ecologists provide specialist knowledge, case studies and hot topics in ecology. Ecological methods, taught during laboratory sessions and a field trip, focus on ecological sampling techniques and experimental approaches to ecology. There is an emphasis on the scientific method, in particular the development and testing of hypotheses, and scientific reporting, both in writing and verbally.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand the fundamental principles that underpin species distribution and abundance; (2) appreciate timescales and their importance to processes of evolution, environmental change and community dynamics in Australia; (3) understand key processes that sustain ecosystem functions such as cycling of matter and energy, regeneration; (4) appreciate ecological principles as a basis for assessment of future land management and conservation priorities and options; and (5) increase generic skills in scientific writing, scientific oral presentation, the scientific method and dataset processing.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination; (2) lab project; and (3) field project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the final examination component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Erik Veneklaas and Professor Raphael Didham
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology) or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology or ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week;Practicals: 11 x 3 hours, including experimental labs, discussions, presentations, field work.
Note
Attendance and satisfactory participation in all practical sessions and the field trip are compulsory.
Recommended
reading


Molles, Manuel C., and Sher, Anna. Ecology : Concepts and Applications . Eighth edition. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education, 2019. Print.
 

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