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BI1913: INTRODUCTORY ECOLOGY (ONLINE) (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:24


Course Overview

This course is only available to students entering directly into Level 2 or Level 3 of a Biological Sciences degree.

This course will introduce you to the basics of ecology – the relationships between living things and the environment around them.  You’ll look also study the relevance of ecology to current land management and conservation issues.

Lecture recordings, set readings and structured activities will provide you with content and a framework to develop an understanding of the subject area.

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 summative report will give you the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills you have acquired.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Third 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?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Programme Level 1

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with one another and with their physical environment.

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.  You’ll be able to work through the course material at your own speed.

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.

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Practical Write-ups

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

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

Exam - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
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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.

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
ProceduralApplyan ability to carry out and report on basic experimental measurements and data analysis pertaining to aspects of ecology
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.

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