Courses & Units

Ecology of Ecosystems KPZ307

Hobart

Introduction

This unit is all about the study of how ecosystems function, which gives it great relevance from scientific and management perspectives. We will examine the processes that operate in terrestrial and aquatic communities and ecosystems from both a theoretical and practical point of view. The lecture series gives a thorough theoretical background into the development of ideas concerning community and ecosystem-level processes, including the importance of such factors as biodiversity and climate change in maintaining healthy, functioning ecosystems. The practical component, which is largely based in the field, teaches methods of sampling ecosystems, collecting data and doing experiments, as well as the analysis and interpretation of results.

Summary

Unit name Ecology of Ecosystems
Unit code KPZ307
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology
Coordinator Professor Mark Hovenden
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Advanced

Availability

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

Key

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International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • design and apply appropriate methods for studying ecosystem patterns and processes
  • explain the various theories of how communities are assembled and how this affects ecosystem function
  • design and analyse basic ecological experiments and explain their role in modern community and ecosystem ecology
  • describe the flow of nutrients and energy through ecosystems and predict the impacts of environmental perturbations on these flows
  • present ecological theories, data and results in the form of written scientific manuscripts.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010903 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable

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Requisites

Prerequisites

Admission into a Masters course OR (KZA211 Population and Community Ecology OR KPA214 Plants in Action OR KPZ211 Population and Community Ecology)

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KPA379 AND KZA355

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

1 X 2-hr lecture weekly and 1 x 4-hr practical weekly, two full-day field trips

AssessmentReport (10%)|Report (30%)|Data analysis (10%)|Examination (50%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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