Ecology: An Introduction

University of Stirling

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Ecology: An Introduction

  • Host University

    University of Stirling

  • Location

    Stirling, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

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

    To provide a basic understanding of the key concepts in ecology by introducing the core principles of behavioural, organismal, population, community and ecosystem ecology and of global patterns of biodiversity. 

    By the end of this unit, students should be able to:

    Understand key ecological theories, with application to novel scenarios

    Calculate population sizes and biodiversity indices using a variety of techniques

    Identify local animal and plant species

    Estimate forest structure and biomass, and understand how they interact

    Use Excel to calculate ecological indices and generate graphics

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