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Course Overview


Forest ecology is a science concerned with the form and function of forest ecosystems. As a science, it recognises that forest ecosystems vary in their ecological characteristics with location, and that the forest in any particular location is continually changing – sometimes quite rapidly and sometimes very slowly.

Current theory and application of forest ecology will be covered in a series of lectures to allow you to explore the science of forest ecosystem dynamics.

Discussions during the lectures will encourage inquiry and informed argument.

One main assignment based on actual forest ecosystems will allow you to demonstrate individual thought and analysis.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Andrew Cameron

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of BI2018 Biological Enhanced Skills Training (Best) (Passed) or BI2019 Community Ecology (Passed) or BI2020 Ecology (Passed) or BI2509 Conservation Biology (Passed) or BI25P3 Biological Topics in Plant and Soil Science (Passed) or BI25P4 Plants, People, and the Environment (Passed)
  • One of BSc Biology or BSc Conservation Biology or BSc Plant Biology or Non-Graduating Student in Plant & Soil Science Erasmus or BSc Zoology or BSc Animal Ecology or Non-Graduating Student in Zoology Erasmus or BSc Marine Biology or BSc Parasitology or BSc Animal Behaviour or BSc Behavioural Biology or MSci Biological Sciences or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences or BSc Biology - Education (Primary) or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management or Non-Graduating Student in Agriculture and Forestry Erasmus or BSc Ecology or BSc Wildlife Management or BSc Forestry or Non-Graduating Student in Forestry Iss or BSc Forest Sciences or BSc Geology or BSc Geoscience or BSc Geography or BSc Environmental Science or BSc Environmental Science (Physical Sci) or BSc Geography-Geoscience or BSc Biology - Education (Secondary) or Non-Graduating Student in Science First Half-Session or Non-Graduating Student in Science Full Year or Non-Graduating Student in Science Eu or Non-Graduating Student in Science Iss
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EK5806 Applied Forest Ecology (Passed)
  • FY3304 Silviculture (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description


This course considers the development of forest ecology, nutrient cycles and forest productivity, tree species and ecotypes, disturbance and succession, abiotic disturbance and damage to forests, structure of forests and forest stands, controlling stand density, forest regeneration using patch cutting, shelterwoods and in irregular stand structures, transformations of regular forests into irregular structures, deforestation and restoring degraded forests, sustainability of forest ecosystems, carbon and climate change in relation to forest productivity and resilience.

Associated Costs


Further Information & Notes

This course runs in weeks  13-17, and is scheduled in Thread 2, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times:  Mondays, 14-18; Tuesday, all day; Friday, 14-18.  If this is an optional course, there may also be contact hours on Wednesdays, 9-11.

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: Assessment is based on one 2-hour written examination (60% of overall mark) and one assignment (40% of overall mark).  

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

Formative assessment will be provided during this interaction and during student-led discussions and tutor-led tutorials. A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during seminar and workshop sessions.


Feedback will be given by staff to students regarding their participation in discussions and tutorials and their appreciation of course content.

Course Learning Outcomes


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