Ecological Principles (Online) BIOL5269

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Biodiversity Animal Health Comp Med
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will enable the development of analytical tools for ecology, including measurement of biodiversity, assessment of ecosystem health, and concepts of ecosystem health. It will ensure a firm foundation in terminology and methods of quantification for field exercises later in the programme.


This is an online course delivered over 10 weeks during the second online learning block which runs from January to March.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Written assignment 3000 words (70%)

Set exercises based on data analysis (30%)

Course Aims

This course aims to provide foundation knowledge on ecological principles on which to base a detailed understanding of wildlife and livestock management and enable basic analysis of environmental and ecosystem health.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically analyse an ecosystem in quantitative terms;

■ Appraise the health of ecosystems;

■ Critically evaluate the role of grazing livestock in ecosystem management;

■ Critically analyse the interactions between livestock and wildlife;

■ Critically discuss the concepts of ecosystem functions and ecosystem services using examples.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.