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ZO 3305

Course Co-ordinator: Dr G Pierce, Dr L De Raad

Pre-requisite(s): BI 2001

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): This course extends over six weeks; it is available only to students in year 3 of their programme.

This course deals with the basic ecological theory and modelling approaches required to study population dynamics, especially those populations which have importance for conservation consideration, management or exploitation. The formal tools used to describe population change in continuous and fragmented populations are explored. The complexity of reproductive strategies found in the animal kingdom as well as their implication for harvesting of species are presented.

2 two-hour lectures per week, 2 one-hour lectures per week, 5 three-hour practicals over 6 weeks. Total contact hours approximately 51.

To pass this course, a pass must be achieved in BOTH the theory exam and the in-course assessment.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination for all candidates (50%) and in-course assessment (50%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%); this may contain material from both the practical and lecture components of the course.