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BZ2440 - Ecology and Conservation

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

This subject is an introduction to the key ideas in the ecology of plants and animals. In presenting these ideas, the subject emphasises not only the ways in which they can be used to explain the distribution and abundance of species, but also their importance in helping understand the causes of extinction and providing the scientific basis for management of species. 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 level 1 biology or environmental science, including the following or their equivalents: at least two AG, BT, BZ, ZL or EV subjects.
Prerequisites: (BZ1001 AND 6 credit points of BT, BZ, EV or ZL subjects) OR (9 credit points of EG level 1 subjects)
AG2006 BZ5440


Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Professor Will Edwards
Lecturers: Professor Will Edwards, Dr Brad Congdon, Professor Susan Laurance.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); (40%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf, Empro Ross Alford.
Workload expectations:
  • 32 hours lectures
  • 9 hours tutorials
  • 18 hours practicals
  • 3 days fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); essays (15%); assignments (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students enrolled in the Environmental Engineering course will attend additional tutorials

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