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Course Overview

The students will learn about the basic ecological theory and modelling approaches required to understand population dynamics, and which are great importance for the successful management of animal populations to meet conservation or sustainable exploitation objectives. Students will have the opportunity to apply the theory learned in a series of field- and computer-based exercises. The course will provide the students with valuable analytical skills and an in-depth knowledge and understanding of population dynamics of animals.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Vasilis Louca

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

The course aims to help students gain an understanding of the factors that affect animal population dynamics and describes a range of simple mathematical models representing population growth, competition and predation, which are useful for predicting changes in population size. Furthermore, the course offers students practical experience in the collection, handling and interpretation of animal population data. Throughout the course, concepts are illustrated using examples of animal populations that are of high conservation importance or which are managed to assure sustainable exploitation.

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

report (40%)

computer assesment (40%)

online and tutorial engagement (20%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Students will repeat whichever elements of the assessment were failed or not completed at first sitting; the marks for elements already passed will be carried forwards.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

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