BZ5220 - Population and Community Ecology
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Available to students admitted to the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods; Masters
of Applied Science; Graduate Diploma of Science, Graduate Certificate of Science,
Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice,
Master of Development Practice, Master of Science or Master of Science (Professional)
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. Students will be
required to attend BZ3220 lectures and practicals.
There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.
- gain an ability to critically evaluate original research;
- understand how communities can be defined and measured and how processes act at the
- understand modern concepts of population processes and species interactions and their
relation to the structure and function of animal communities;
- understand the composition and structure of rainforest communities and how they are
affected by basic processes.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant
discipline or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study. They should
have an excellent understanding of basic ecological principles (BS5460 or equivalent)
and quantitative methods in biology (SC5202 or equivalent).
|BZ3220 BZ3230 BZ5230
Study Period 2
|Census Date 29-Aug-2019
||Professor Stephen Williams
||Professor Stephen Williams, Dr Conrad Hoskin, Dr Ben Hirsch.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.
- 26 hours lectures
- 9 hours tutorials
- 24 hours fieldwork
- assessment and self-directed study
||end of semester exam (%); tutorial attendance and participation (%); essays (%); field note book (%).
Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement
process, and in case of
minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest