BZ5880 - Ecology: Distribution, Abundance and Diversity
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Available to students admitted to the Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Applied
Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Graduate Certificate of Science, Master of Science,
Master of Science (Professional), Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate
Diploma of Development Practice or Master of Development Practice.
This subject is an introduction to the key ideas in the ecology of plants and animals.
This subject emphasizes the techniques and methods used to explain the distribution
and abundance of species and how these measures help us understand the causes of extinction.
This subject also explores how populations of individual species combine to determine
local and global patterns in species diversity. Topics include fertility and mortality;
population dynamics and population regulation; life history strategies; interactions
between species (competition, facilitation, predation, herbivory, parasitism); dynamics
of communities; island biogeography; limits to the co-existence of species.
- ability to critically assess ecological hypotheses;
- appreciation of the relationship between ecological theory and conservation and management
of natural populations and communities;
- be familiar with key concepts in population and community ecology.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of biology or
environmental science, including, basic numerical and computer skills. Previous undergraduate
studies in ecology or zoology.
|BZ5440 BZ2440 BZ2880 BS2460 BS5460
Study Period 2
|Census Date 29-Aug-2019
||Assoc. Professor Lucas Cernusak
||Assoc. Professor Susan Laurance, Assoc. Professor Lucas Cernusak.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.
- 26 hours lectures
- 15 hours tutorials
- 15 hours practicals
- assessment and self-directed study
||presentations (15%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (20%); centrally-administered final exam (45%).
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