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BZ3220 - Population and Community Ecology

Credit points: 3.0
Year: 2017
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Animals and plants live in populations. Groups of populations inhabiting the same area make up biological communities. Processes operating at these levels control the biodiversity of habitats and regions. This subject presents the conceptual framework needed to understand these processes and illustrates that framework using examples drawn from many systems including tropical rainforests, which are among the most complex and diverse ecological systems in existence. Topics presented include population growth, species interactions, community patterns and dynamics, food webs and the effects of disturbance and scaling on diversity. In addition to an increased understanding of concepts, students gain hands-on experience in tropical research.

There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • gain an ability to critically evaluate original research;
  • understand how communities can be defined and measured and how processes act at the community level;
  • understand the composition and structure of rainforest communities and how they are affected by basic processes;
  • understand modern concepts of population processes and species interactions and their relation to the structure and function of biological communities.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of ecology at level 2 and biological statistics, and should have completed BZ2440 and BZ2001 or equivalents.
Prerequisites: (BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) AND (BZ2440 OR BZ2880 OR MB2060 OR 3CP of Level 2 BZ)
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
BZ3230 BZ5220 BZ5230 ZL3042 ZL5042

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 24-Aug-2017
Coordinator: Professor Stephen Williams
Lecturers: Dr Conrad Hoskin, Mr Collin Storlie, Professor Stephen Williams, Dr Ben Hirsch, Assoc. Professor Jeremy VanDerWal.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 9 hours tutorials
  • 24 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (15%); essays (20%); field note book (15%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous curriculum quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject/Module Outline represents the latest official information.