Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences

Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL251
Subject Name Principles of Ecology
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites BIOL103 and BIOL104 and BIOL105
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence BIOL851
Assessment Mid‐term Exam 12.5%; Statistics Assignment 12.5%; Project Seminar 5%; Project Report 20%; Final Examination 50%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Practical classes begin in Week 1. Students should use the SMP Online Tutorial System (via SOLS) to enrol in their practical classess. There are no tutorials.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (27-02-2017 to 22-06-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 hr lectures & 4 hrs combined lectures and practicals
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Andy Davis
Kristine French
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Todd Minchinton
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2017

Subject Description
Factors and processes influencing the distribution, abundance and diversity of organisms. Population ecology: life histories, demography, models, growth and regulation. Species interactions. Natural and anthropogenic disturbance. Community structure and dynamics in space and time. Sampling methods and techniques in ecology. Design and statistical analysis of sampling programs and experiments. Communicating science. Implications for conservation.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Understanding of the fundamental principles of ecology;
2. Knowledge of, and ability to use, several techniques for sampling populations and communities;
3. Ability to independently design, implement, and analyse simple ecological sampling programs and experiments;
4. Ability to use computers in ecological research by:
(i) organising and manipulating data; and
(ii) using descriptive and analytical statistics;
5. Ability to communicate science effectively by:
(i) critically evaluating published scientific literature;
(ii) preparing a scientific report as a journal article; and
(iii) presenting a research seminar.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
NOTE: The use of animals, animal tissues or animal-derived products (such as sera) is inherent and unavoidable, in order to achieve specific learning objectives. Students with conscientious objections to that use should not enrol in this subject.

Textbook Information
Krebs CJ (2014) Ecology. The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance (6th ed.) Pearson New International Edition. OR Krebs CJ (2009) Ecology. The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance (6th ed.) Benjamin Cummings. (The 2009 edition is almost identical to the 2014 edition and would be fine to use)
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