ENVT3363 Ecological Processes

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Botany major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Biology specialisation in the Environmental Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Marine Biology specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
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
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/discussion groups: equivalent to 2 hours per week
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