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Area/Catalogue
BIOL 2023

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Course Level
Undergraduate

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Offered Externally
No

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Course ID
012566

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Unit Value
4.5

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University-wide elective course
No

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Timetable/s
First Semester
(Study Period 2)
Course owner

Course owner
School of Natural and Built Environments

Course aim

This course is designed to teach the application of ecological theory to future ecosystem managers and scientists. A large proportion of the assessment is based on field experience and practical sessions, which provide practice in survey methods, field techniques, the scientific approach, decision-making, and professional writing for the scientific community.

Course content

The scientific method and scientific writing, population ecology, community ecology, biodiversity, succession, ecotones, vegetation associations, animal ecology and behaviour, physiological ecology, food webs and energy flow, nutrient cycles, restoration ecology, evolution and mutualisms, ecological research.

Textbook(s)

Nil

Prerequisite(s)

Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
BIOL 1014 Biodiversity for the Environment
BIOL 1015 Sustainable Ecosystems

Corequisite(s)

Nil

Teaching method

Component Duration
INTERNAL, MAWSON LAKES
Lecture 2 hours x 13 weeks
Practical 2 hours x 6 weeks
Field Placement (Fieldwork) 5 days x N/A

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Assessment

Task Length Weighting Duration
INTERNAL, MAWSON LAKES
Continuous assessment two to five pages plus demonstration 20% N/A
Research paper maximum of 5 double-spaced pages 30% 2-minute presentation
Quiz N/A 35% 1.5 hours
Research paper N/A 15% 1.5 hours

Fees

EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
International students and students undertaking this course as part of a postgraduate fee paying program must refer to the relevant program home page to determine the cost for undertaking this course.

Non-award enrolment
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation

Course Coordinators

School of Natural and Built Environments

Degrees this course is offered in

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