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|
|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|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- 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|
- 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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PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR KPZ163 Ecology
2 x 1-hour lectures, 1 x 3-hour laboratory class per week. 1 x two-day field trip to Fortescue Bay, Tasman Peninsula.
|Assessment||Practical test (25%)|Exam (50%)|Critique Assignment (Part 1) (5%)|Assignment (Part 2a) (20%)|Assignment (Part 2b)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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