Availabilities:

Location Domestic International
Lismore
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Online

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Introduces ecological principles in the context of productive agricultural, forest, terrestrial, and marine systems. Important ecological and landscape processes of energy flow, nutrient and water cycles, and community dynamics are examined. Students will compare natural and managed ecosystems.

 

Unit content

1) Introduction to natural and managed ecological systems

2) Population ecology

3) Community ecology

4) Ecology and landscape processes

5) Ecological attributes of healthy natural and managed systems

6) Applying ecological principles for healthy natural and managed systems

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 explain key ecological concepts including species interactions and interactions between organisms and the environment
2 assess, describe and illustrate energy flows, complex food webs and biogeochemical cycles in an ecosystem context
3 critically evaluate attributes and functioning of natural and managed systems
4 critically evaluate interactions between humans and the environment and describe the differences between natural and managed systems.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain key ecological concepts including species interactions and interactions between organisms and the environment
  2. assess, describe and illustrate energy flows, complex food webs and biogeochemical cycles in an ecosystem context
  3. critically evaluate attributes and functioning of natural and managed systems
  4. critically evaluate interactions between humans and the environment and describe the differences between natural and managed systems.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.