Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

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

Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL355
Subject Name Marine and Terrestrial Ecology
Credit Points 8
Pre-Requisites BIOL251 & STAT252 OR BIOL251 & STAT131 OR BIOL251 & STAT151
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence BIOL365
Assessment Statistics Assignments 8%, Field Camp Assignment 15%, Seminar 10%, Project Report 12%, Research Proposal 15%, Final Exam 40%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.167
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511 
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 None.

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (24-07-2017 to 16-11-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 hrs Lectures, 4 hrs Tutorials/Practicals
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Kristine French
Phillip Byrne
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Kristine French
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2017

Subject Description
Introduction to ecology - levels of organisation (individual, population, community, ecosystem). Experiments in ecology - their design, analysis and interpretation. Biotic interactions: competition, herbivory, predation, mutualisms. Disturbance, catastrophe and community structure and function. Behavioural ecology: innate vs learned behaviours and their effects on individual fitness, demography and community structure. Factors affecting species richness.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Gain a clear knowledge of experimental design and analysis of ecological experiments;
2. Gain familiarity with the ecology of marine and terrestrial ecosystems;
3. Apply a range of techniques to describe and investigate communities;
4. Gain knowledge of the range of biotic and abiotic factors that determine community structure and species richness;
5. Gain an understanding of the nature of biotic interactions and their impacts on community structure and function;
6. Gain an understanding of how an animalís behaviour contributes to its survival and reproductive fitness, and how animals are adapted to their environments;
7. Prepare a scientific paper;
8. Work in a group to collect information and develop experiments;
9. Communicate results and ideas in verbal presentations.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
Practical classes begin in Week 1. 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.

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