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BI1013: INTRODUCTORY ECOLOGY (ONLINE) (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:40


Course Overview

Lecture recordings, set readings and structured activities provide you with content and a framework to develop an understanding of introductory ecological concepts.

Examples illustrate the relevance of the ecology across a diversity of terrestrial and non-terrestrial systems, and its relevance to current land management and conservation issues.

Regular online assessments will provide you with feedback on your learning achievements and help you to structure your revision.

Practical assignments will provide you with opportunities to strengthen your skills in manipulating, summarising and presenting quantitative data.

A final exam will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your competence across a range of ecological topics.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 5 credits (2.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Cath Dennis

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The study of ecology and environmental issues requires us to integrate information from many different subject areas.

This course is designed to give you an introduction to how living systems function, in terms of species interactions, population dynamics and plant and animal communities.

This course achieves this with an exciting multidisciplinary approach that consider scientific evidence, the course explores political and economic influences on the response to that evidence.

By the end of the course you should have

  • a sound basic knowledge of how an integrated approach to studying topics in ecology contributes towards an understanding of how terrestrial and marine systems are sustained.
  • an appreciation of important spatial and temporal aspects of ecology and why these are important to the management of natural systems.
  • an ability to carry out and report on basic experimental measurements and data analysis pertaining to aspects of ecology.

 


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Exam - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 19,20 Feedback Weeks 22

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The exam is MCQ based on course content and practical exercises.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandAn appreciation of important spatial and temporal aspects of ecology and why these are important to the management of natural systems.
ConceptualUnderstandA sound basic knowledge of how an integrated approach to studying topics in ecology contributes towards an understanding of how terrestrial and marine systems are sustained.

Practical Write-ups

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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These exercises are based on the specific exercise used in the practical; online, individual written feedback, supplemented with verbal feedback when required or requested

Distributed evenly across the course duration but may vary depending on the student’s pace and pattern of engagement

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyan ability to carry out and report on basic experimental measurements and data analysis pertaining to aspects of ecology

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed element

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandA sound basic knowledge of how an integrated approach to studying topics in ecology contributes towards an understanding of how terrestrial and marine systems are sustained.
ConceptualUnderstandAn appreciation of important spatial and temporal aspects of ecology and why these are important to the management of natural systems.
ProceduralApplyan ability to carry out and report on basic experimental measurements and data analysis pertaining to aspects of ecology

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