Ecology, Environment and Conservation DUMF5108
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
This course examines how organisms interact with each other and their environment; from individuals, through to ecosystems. This will enable students to understand how biodiversity is essential to ecosystem functioning and how it will respond to environmental change-whether natural or anthropogenic.
2-3 hours of contact a week
Requirements of Entry
Report (60%) - a case study paper (on an ecological topic) presented using the author guidance given in an ecological journal.
Oral presentation (40%) - on an ecological topic.
The course aims to:
1. Introduce students to some of the fundamental principles of theoretical ecology;
2. Explore the practical application of these ecological theories in global conservation projects;
3. Examine the effects of a changing environment on biodiversity.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the fundamental principles of theoretical ecology;
2. Critically assess the practical application of these ecological theories in global conservation projects;
3. Identify and evaluate the effects of a changing environment on biodiversity.
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.