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BB10205: Ecology & evolution 2

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take BB10012
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide a broad introduction to key concepts in ecology and conservation. To approach issues in ecology in a rigorous, cohesive way that will provide students with a conceptual framework that will help them to take a more holistic view of biology. To provide a firm foundation for more detailed study within the specific field of ecology later in their course.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* outline certain key principles in ecology, including population ecology, community ecology, ecosystems and conservation;
* demonstrate an understanding of the logic of the arguments used in the construction of simple mathematical models for population growth, competition and predator/prey relationships;
* synthesise evidence of many kinds that animal and plant communities have evolved in highly structured ways;
* explain how understanding ecology contributes to areas such as conservation, biodiversity and animal welfare;
* demonstrate basics skills in obtaining, processing and evaluating behavioural-ecological data in a field based practical.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Oral communication T/F, Numeracy & computation T/F/A, Laboratory skills T/F, Information technology T/F, Problem solving T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F.

Population ecology.
Introduction to Ecology. Competition. Predation. Island Biogeography. Populations.
Community ecology.
Community structure. Diversity. Host-parasite interactions. Pollination ecology
Biodiversity conservation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB10205 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry

BB10205 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 1)
Department of Psychology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.