Module title: Population and Community Ecology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV09103
Module leader: Linda Gilpin
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science
Prerequisites

n/a


Description of module content:

This module will extend your knowledge and understanding of: the dynamics and processes which determine species' distribution and abundance; the role and importance of these processes in different communities; the different types of population interactions; and the different ways of describing population and community structure.


Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Contrast organisms taxonomically.
LO2: Critically reflect the impact of habitat and physical chemical parameters on the distribution of, and adaptations developed by, organisms.
LO3: Illustrate population processes in time and produce life-tables, explain the concept of life strategies and describe simple mathematical models of population growth.
LO4: Demonstrate and give examples of the main population interactions.
LO5: Provide a rationale for the concept of community and explain the concepts of succession and climax.
LO6: Utilise a problem solving approach to design a practical project in ecology, carry out the sampling, analyse the data and present (verbally and in writing) the results.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - BEGON, M., HARPER, J., & TOWNSEND, C (2006) ECOLOGY : FROM INDIVIDUALS TO ECOSYSTEMS



: OXFORD, BLACKWELL, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 9781405111171
Recommended - BEGON, M., HARPER, J. & TOWNSEND, C (2006) ECOLOGY : FROM INDIVIDUALS TO ECOSYSTEMS: MYILIBRARY, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 9781405151986
Recommended - MOLLES, M. (2008) ECOLOGY : CONCEPTS & APPLICATIONS: LONDON : MCGRAW-HILL HIGHER EDUCATION, 4th ed. - ISBN: 9780071101974
Recommended - RAFFAELLI, D.G & HAWKINS, S (1996) INTERTIDAL ECOLOGY: LONDON : CHAPMAN AND HALL, 1st ed. - ISBN: 0412299607
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