Courses & Units

Population and Community Ecology KPZ211


This core unit provides a broad training in fundamental aspects of population and community ecology and (with other core units in the School of Biological Sciences) forms an essential basis for specialist studies at third year level. This unit focuses on developing students' understanding of ecology and evolution. Lecture topics include: fundamental ecological principles and their evolutionary consequences. Practical classes aim to develop skills in observation, identification, data collection and analysis, oral and written communication, and an appreciation of the comparative approach to the study of ecology. The practical format will be varied, involving some independent learning activities, and students will be required to participate in group work. There will be a weekend field trip early in semester. The field trip will introduce students to a range of field ecology techniques including observation, surveying, sampling and handling techniques, and data collection exercises. Information from several field trip activities will be integrated into subsequent laboratories, giving students and appreciation of collecting data and generating meaning from it in order to address scientific questions. This is a required unit in the ecology major.


Unit name Population and Community Ecology
Unit code KPZ211
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Biological Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Rodrigo Hamede Ross
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain a range of ecological and evolutionary concepts.
  • Collect, record, analyse, and interpret scientific evidence and experimental data, and use it to solve problems.
  • Communicate using a range of formats relevant to professional scientists.
  • Locate and use high quality reference information/evidence to support claims.

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
010905 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,596.00

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KPZ163 Ecology


Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hour face to face lectorial, 1 x 3-hour face to face laboratory class per week.

One-day in person field trip to Fortescue Bay, Tasman Peninsula. 

AssessmentCritique Assignment (Part 1) (5%)|R Practical test 1 (10%)|Assignment (Part 2) (15%)|Practical test (30%)|Exam (40%)
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