Fundamentals of Ecology

Unit code: RBF2610 | Study level: Undergraduate
12
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
RBF1310 - Biology 1
RBF1320 - Biology 2
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)
Overview
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Overview

This unit covers a range of topics related to the basic understanding of the nature of Ecology. The areas covered include the history and development of the philosophical underpinnings of our modern understanding of ecology and the evolutionary process.  Included in this unit are the fundamentals of the responses of plants, animals and other organisms to their environment and the interaction of these organisms as they form communities and ecosystems. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and clearly interpret key ecological processes at population, community and ecosystem levels;
  2. Relate ecological concepts to real-life field situations and environmental management;
  3. Determine methods of studying and measuring species behaviour, interactions and dynamics; and
  4. Critically examine conceptually complex ecological thought in both written and spoken form.

Assessment

For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
|
Grade: 30%
Tests (3)
Assessment type: Report
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Grade: 40%
Field Portfolio
Assessment type: Presentation
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Grade: 30%
Oral and Written Presentation

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

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