Core Module Information
Module title: Biodiversity: Pattern and Process

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

Module code: ENV10107
Module leader: Gavin Ballantyne
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

ENV09103 - Population and Community Ecology

Description of module content:

Equilibrium and non-equilibrium models of population dynamics, life-history strategies and evolution, diversity and species interactions: competition, predation, parasitism and facilitation, spatial ecology: metapopulation dynamics and modelling, latitudinal gradients and species-area models, trophic cascades, population extinction: stochasticity and population viability analysis, ecosystem function and conservation, experimental design and data analysis.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Distinguish between the major models of population dynamics and their predictions
LO2: Critically analyse the drivers of, and constraints on, life-history evolution
LO3: Critically analyse the role of species interactions in determining local and global biodiversity trends
LO4: Appraise the role of ecological theories in supporting conservation of species and ecosystems
LO5: Critically evaluate experimental design and analysis in published ecological work
LO6: Summarise and synthesise scientific research and distil it into a form understandable by the informed layperson

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