Core Module Information
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: Life Sciences

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

Description of module content:

This module aims to provide you 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. In the module you will also explore 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.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Gavin Ballantyne
Module Organiser:

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
Essay 60 1,2 & 3 13 , WORDS= 2000
Report 40 4 & 5 9 , WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ENV08107 Ecology and Sustainability