Principles of Ecology and Evolution

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Principles of Ecology and Evolution

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIO1000F or BIO1000H, BIO1004F/S.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course explains how species have evolved and are adapted to the environments in which they live. Topics include: an introduction to evolution, natural selection, inheritance and genetics; ecology at the community, population and individual levels; animal and plant life histories and interactions. The formal lectures and practicals will be supported by a 5-day compulsory field camp.

    Fieldwork: One 5 day field trip during April vacation.

    DP requirements: 50% for class record; submission of assignments on schedule and attendance at field camp held during the Easter vacation.

    Assessment: A 2-hour theory examination will count for 50% of the course with a sub-minimum of 40%. Coursework marks will be allocated as follows: Practical classes (assessed weekly) count 15%; project based on field camp data collection counts 20%; one class test counts 15%.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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