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BIOL3007 - Ecology
Faculty of Science - 6 credit points
HECS Band six
Domestic Fee: $4,110
International Fee: $4,680
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Biological Sciences
Offered session(s): 2
Assumed knowledge: Although not prerequisites, knowledge obtained from BIOL3006/3906, and BIOL3008/3908 and/or BIOL3009/3909, is strongly recommended.
Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology; or 6 credit points of Intermediate Biology, and one of (ENVI2111 or ENVI2911) or (GEOS2115 or GEOS2915)
Prohibitions: BIOL3907
Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof D Hochuli

Classes: 2x1 hr lectures/week, 1x3 hr practical/week

Assessment: 1x2hr exam, group presentations, 1xessay, 1xproject report (100%)

Textbooks: Begon M, Townsend CR, Harper JL (2005) Ecology, From individuals to ecosystems. Wiley-Blackwell.
This unit explores the dynamics of ecological systems, and considers the interactions between individual organisms and populations, organisms and the environment, and ecological processes. Lectures are grouped around four dominant themes: Interactions, Evolutionary Ecology, The Nature of Communities, and Conservation and Management. Emphasis is placed throughout on the importance of quantitative methods in ecology, including sound planning and experimental designs, and on the role of ecological science in the conservation, management, exploitation and control of populations. Relevant case studies and examples of ecological processes are drawn from marine, freshwater and terrestrial systems, with plants, animals, fungi and other life forms considered as required. Students will have some opportunity to undertake short term ecological projects, and to take part in discussions of important and emerging ideas in the ecological literature.
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