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

Short Description

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.

Timetable

2-3 hours of contact a week

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

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.

Course Aims

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.