Courses & Units

Ecology KPZ163


This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of fundamental concepts in ecology focusing on the ways in which organisms interact with their environment. It will explore this organism-environment interaction at different levels of biological organisation – from individuals to populations to communities to ecosystems. It will also explore how human are impacting the ecology of other organisms through global change. In lectures, these principles will be highlighted by presentation and discussion of the history and theory of ecology, recent examples and advances from the literature, and detailed case studies. The practical classes are designed to develop understanding of the scientific method including research design, data analysis and synthesis with a specific focus on applying the scientific method to address key questions in ecology. Assessment include a mix of in class assessment, practical reports and an exam. This unit is taught in a blended mode with an emphasis on face to face delivery.


Unit name Ecology
Unit code KPZ163
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Biological Sciences
Coordinator Associate Professor Geoff While
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the concepts of ecology and their relevance to real world scenarios.
  • Explain how ecological principles can be examined using scientific methods.
  • Communicate scientific ideas and results in written, verbal and graphic forms.
  • Use scientific literature to address fundamental and applied questions in ecology.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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Teaching Pattern

Lecture content provided each week, 13 x one hour weekly lectorial and 10 x three hour weekly practical field or laboratory classes, as well as some online self-paced activities.

AssessmentSlater Practical Report (5%)|Lectorial Quizzes (10%)|Mating Systems Report (12.5%)|Winkle Size Distribution Report (12.5%)|Abiotic and Biotic Factors Report (20%)|Examination (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Urry, L.A. et al. (2017) Campbell Biology, 11th Edition (Australian version). Pearson.

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