Module title: Ecology and Sustainability

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV08107
Module leader: Gavin Ballantyne
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2020/1, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Gavin Ballantyne
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Core material will be provided through extensive online resources, including interactive simulations and exercises that the students will utilise to deepen their understanding of the principles and processes involved. This will be supported through interactive tutorial and practical sessions. Data from practical sessions in this course and from Practical Skills in Biodiversity module will be utilised to engage the students in active, group-based learning and interpretation of data. The interactive and collaborative nature of tutorials will help to develop teamwork and communication skills.

Formative Assessment:
After each practical or tutorial session, groups of students will be required to produce an illustrated overview of their interpretation of the data analysed or core concept discussed. Formative feedback will be provided on the resources produced, to help shape the development of the resource and student learning.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment will involve a submitted piece of science communication and a supervised digital exam, both based around the ecological concepts covered and data that has been collected, analysed and interpreted during the development of the group learning resource.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 16
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 148
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 60 1,2 & 3 13 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Report 40 4 & 5 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the general principles of ecology, from the level of the individual, through populations, to community level patterns and processes.
You will study the life history strategy of different organisms, how this influences population growth and how species interact with each other and the environment.
Consideration will also be given to how an understanding of ecological processes can be used to provide a basis for the sustainable management of habitats, species and ecosystems in the face of unprecedented environmental change.
Module content is linked with the Practical Skills in Biodiversity module. Central ecological concepts and processes theory discussed in Ecology and Sustainability will provide background to the data collection in Practical Skills. The module also explores ways to discuss ecology theory and real world examples with a wider audience using effective science communication techniques.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Understand life tables, life history strategies and how they link to population growth; simple models of population dynamics.
LO2: Demonstrate and give examples of the main population interactions, including models of competition and predation.
LO3: Explore the concepts of the niche, food webs, community and diversity.
LO4: Examine the scientific basis of the sustainable management of habitats, species and ecosystems.
LO5: Compare and contrast methods of science communication aimed at scientific or general public audiences.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Ecology and Sustainability