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Module Code: ENV102
Module Title: Ecology and Conservation
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: N/A
   
Aims
Using certain key themes, to introduce students to the complex and multifaceted nature of environmental issues and ecological science, particularly stressing the interrelationships between their biophysical and human dimensions. To encourage students to manage their own learning.
Learning outcomes 
Knowledge-based:

A. show a general understanding of key ecological principles and apply them to study organism-environment relationships under realistic field conditions.

B. have a general understanding of how ecological principles can be used to address current environmental issues such as loss of biodiversity and habitats.

C. show a general understanding of main drivers of global change and their interactions, mainly land-use change, climate change, and invasive species.

D. appreciate how ecology and conservation, together with other disciplines, can be used to manage natural resources, and show an understanding of trade-offs involved in natural resources management.

E. have insight into, and a critical understanding of, the concept of sustainability from an ecological view.


Skills-based:

F. collect, analyse and interpret data with ecological models; and report results.

G. critically analyse concepts and report and justify their conclusions.

Method of teaching and learning 
Topics are introduced through lectures and practical work (computer and lab based). There will be a prepared class debate on a topical subject.

Additionally, there will be a Role Play where you have to decide (evidence-based) the solution to a socio-scientific issue.
Syllabus 
Lecture 1.

Global challenges and overview of key ecological principles: Individuals.

Lecture 2.

Key ecological principles: Populations.

Practical 1. (Computer’s Lab): Life tables.

Lecture 3.

Key ecological principles: Energy and nutrient transfer in ecological systems.

Community structure and resource use: Niches and food webs.

Lecture 4.

Patterns of species in space and time: abundance and species richness.

Lecture 5

Species richness and equilibria: Island Biogeography.

Practical 2. Biological communities and their Environment.

Lecture 6.

Primary and secondary succession.

Lecture 7.

Conservation ecology.

Lecture 8.

The International dimension: Rainforests.

Wetland Conservation.

Lecture 9.

Human impacts on the environment: Land-use and land-cover change.

Lecture 10.

Sustainability: ecological footprint and ecosystem valuation.

Lecture 11

Sustainability: food supply, energy and water.

Lecture 12.

Ecosystem Management.

How ecology shapes environmental policies.

Lecture 13.

Ecosystem ecology, ecosystem services and climate change.


Invited Guest Seminar: Discussion on sustainability from other perspectives/environmental education (to be programmed)


Seminar: Role Play debate on an environmental issue in China.


Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26   6  6  3  4  105  150 

Assessment

Sequence Method % of Final Mark

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 10/22/2017 10:39:44 AM