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 fieldtrip activites will be integrated into subsequent laboratories, giving students and appreciation of collecting data and generating meaning from it in order to address scientific questions.


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 Zoology|Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Doctor Scott Carver
Available as student 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 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of a range of ecological and evolutionary concepts.
  • effectively collect, record, analyse, and interpret scientific evidence and experimental data, and use it to solve problems.
  • communicate effectively using a range of formats relevant to professional scientists.
  • locate and use high quality reference information/evidence to support claims.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010905 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Admission into a Masters course OR KPZ163 Ecology


Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hour lectures, 1 x 3-hour laboratory class per week. 1 x two-day field trip to Fortescue Bay, Tasman Peninsula. 

AssessmentPractical test (25%)|Exam (50%)|Critique Assignment (Part 1) (5%)|Assignment (Part 2a) (20%)|Assignment (Part 2b)
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