Courses & Units

Advanced Ecology of Ecosystems KPZ719



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.


Unit name Advanced Ecology of Ecosystems
Unit code KPZ719
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology

Mark Hovenden

Teaching staff

Leon Barmuta

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

* 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 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

1. design and apply advanced methods for studying ecosystem patterns and processes

2. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the various theories concerning community assembly and how it affects ecosystem function

3. design and analyse sophisticated ecological experiments and explain in detail their role in modern community and ecosystem ecology

4. describe complex interactions among nutrient fluxes and between nutrient and energy fluxes through ecosystems and predict the impacts of environmental perturbations on these flows

5. present sophisticated syntheses of ecological theories, data and results in the form of professional quality written scientific manuscripts



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2018: $1,148.00 2018: $2,126.00 010999

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Mutual Exclusions

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

KPZ307 or KPA379 or KZA355 or KPA779 or  KZA755


Teaching Pattern

1 X 2-hour lecture weekly and 1 x 4-hour practical weekly


Assessment Task 1: Competition analysis 10%; Assessment Task 2: Community analysis report 30%; Assessment Task 3: Decomposition powerpoint 10%; Assessment Task 3:Final examination 50%

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