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BI2019: COMMUNITY ECOLOGY (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

A range of practical and workshop classes will enable you to consider information from lectures in more detail and develop ideas

A range of types of continuous assessment allow you to consolidate learning throughout the semester

An assessed essay will require consolidation of taught material across topics studied in lectures giving an overview of the subject

Detailed feedback on an assessed essay and practical assignments will help you develop essential scientific writing skills

You will use Peerwise to write multiple choice questions, requiring thorough engagement with taught material and developing an extensive set of questions for use in revision

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study Yes
  • Dr Clare Trinder

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Course Description

The content reflects important topics in ecology, demonstrated with examples from plant, soil and marine systems. It features the following themes:
  1. The nature and description of ecological communities - terrestrial and marine.
  2. Community dynamics (disturbance, succession, regeneration and species coexistence) - terrestrial and marine examples.
  3. Trophic interactions (food webs, herbivory, parasitism, predation etc).
  4. Symbioses as case studies of community interactions: biological nitrogen fixation, mycorrhizas, cellular endo-symbionts.
  5. Biodiversity and ecosystem function.
  6. Community assembly and biogeography.
The content integrates in a critical manner these generic themes across different terrestrial and marine systems with the aim of developing a generic understanding of ecological processes. Topics typically include examples from each area, with a focus on similarities and differences between systems and an interrogative look at whether general rules apply in ecological systems within the context of environmental change, conservation and other contemporary relevant/associated themes that the students will expand on at later levels.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written exam (50 multiple choice questions plus 3 essay answers from a choice of 7 questi continuous assessment (50%). Continuous assessment comprises of a written assignment (1500 words)and six practical write-ups.

Resit: Similar to 1st attempt, with continuous assessment mark(s) and /or exam mark carried forward with an opportunity to resit either or both, depending on what was failed in the first attempt.

Formative Assessment

A formative in-course test will help students assess how well they are learning the course material. Student participation in these tests will be monitored and contribute to retention of the class certificate.


Students will receive regular written feedback on each practical report before the start of the next practical class. Students who are identified as having difficulty in correctly completing the formative tests will be invited to meet members of the course team to identify difficulties and discuss solutions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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