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EK5806: APPLIED FOREST ECOLOGY (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 17:51


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 Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Andrew Cameron

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

  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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

None

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

54 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

Assessment is based on one extended assignment (75% of marks) and one presentation (25% of marks).

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided during this interaction and during student-led discussions. Emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during all sessions.

Feedback

Feedback will be given by staff to students regarding their participation in class discussions, presentations and submitted assignments.

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