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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.
|Second Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
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.
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.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
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 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.