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Module Code: ENV208
Module Title: Aquatic and Urban Ecology
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: N/A
   
Aims
To introduce students to the topics of aquatic ecology and urban ecology as well as the interaction of these disciplines and their importance for urban growth.
Learning outcomes 
A. Gain a comprehensive knowledge of aquatic and urban ecology, and how both disciplines interact.

B. Evaluate methodological approaches for surveying habitats, designing experiments, and analysing data related to aquatic and urban biodiversity and ecosystem services.

C. Explain the impact of human disturbance on ecosystem processes and services in both aquatic and urban ecosystems.

D. Demonstrate how biodiversity varies between and within cities and how urbanisation influences natural resources.

E. Evaluate trade-offs in ecosystem services’ delivery in aquatic and urban environments and their effects on human wellbeing.

F. Apply interdisciplinary approaches for studying urban ecosystems.

Method of teaching and learning 
Topics are introduced through lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, and journal club (meetings to discuss papers form scientific journals).
Syllabus 
Aquatic Ecology

1: Introduction of Aquatic Ecology, Life in aquatic ecosystems

2; Running water ecosystems and organisms

3: Standing water systems, adaptation

4: The flux of energy and matter through ecosystems

Field work 1: Field survey, aquatic habitats and aquatic organisms

5 : Aquatic biodiversity, Human impact and aquatic habitat degradation

6 : Ecological restoration, freshwater conservation

7: Wetland ecosystems, estuary ecosystems


Urban Ecology

L8: What is Urban Ecology and why it matters? Do we live in an anthropocentric Earth?

L9: Cities as the ultimate human-dominated ecosystems.

Field work 2: Ecosystem services in aquatic and urban systems, and why they matter to society

L10: Biodiversity in the urban environment.

Review of biodiversity: What is it and why it matters.

Aspects of biodiversity and how we measure them.

Biodiversity patterns of selected groups in urban areas: Losers and winners.

L11: Quantifying spatiotemporal patterns and ecological effects of urbanization

L12: Ecosystem functioning and services in urban environment.

Human impacts and Ecosystem services tradeoffs.

An interdisciplinary approach: Case study.

L13: Bringing cities alive: the importance of urban green spaces for people and biodiversity. Urban future.


Journal club/paper reviewing, every two weeks
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26   2  6  9  8  99  150 

Assessment

Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Project Report 40.00
2 Final Exam 60.00

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