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.

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.