ENVT3363 Ecological Processes

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2AlbanyOnline timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
This unit builds on knowledge of ecological processes acquired at Level 2. The main academic objectives of this unit are to (1) develop a deeper understanding of ecological processes, both biotic and abiotic, across marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems; (2) develop a deeper understanding of the interconnected and synergistic nature of ecological processes; (3) be able to apply this deeper understanding when evaluating and interpreting contemporary environmental change; and (4) be able to design appropriate scientific research programs to address contemporary environmental problems.
Students are able to (1) have an advanced understanding of ecological processes across terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems; (2) be aware of the interacting effects of environmental change on ecological processes (e.g. synergistic multiple effects of climate change, diversity loss, overfishing, etc.); (3) have the ability to think at different levels of integration, from population, community, landscape, stable isotope ecology and ecosystem ecology; and (4) have the capacity for analytical thinking and for the development of logical arguments to design scientific research to evaluate the interacting causes of environmental change.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a two-hour written examination and (2) an assignment on laboratories, research project and discussion groups. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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)
Dr Grzegorz Skrzypek
Unit rules
one of ENVT2250 Ecology or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity or SCIE2204 Marine Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/discussion groups: equivalent to 2 hours per week
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