University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Ecology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


    Assumed Background:

    STAT1201 will be helpful additional background. We recommend that students taking BIOL2010 also enroll in BIOL2006. We also recommend BIOL2015 - Field Ecology as a compliment to this course.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Course Description:
    Ecology of individuals, populations, communities & ecosystems. Australian case studies & critical analyses of conceptual controversies in ecology, to illustrate ecological debate & the way in which ecological knowledge is advanced.

    Course Introduction
    In this course we examine the fundamentals in the field of ecology, building on the basic material covered in BIOL1030. We will examine ecological theory and methodologies using historical and modern examples from studies of many organisms, including plants, animals, and microbes. Topics covered include: interspecies interactions, ecological and evolutionary aspects of species persistence in natural environments, population dynamics, species ranges and the movement of organisms through landscapes, species-area relationships, processes involved in defining communities in space and time, and hypothesis testing in the study of ecology.

    The course involves two practical modules designed to teach students how to develop and test hypotheses about ecological processes. These exercises will also be used to teach students how to write scientific papers. Tutorials will teach students how to critically read ecological literature, a key skill for working in ecology. This course is not organism specific and is appropriate for students interested in the study of plants, animals, and microbes in both marine and terrestrial systems. There is NO field component to this course. It is recommneded that you take BIOL2015 - Field Ecology as a complement to this course.


    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Demonstrate understanding of key ecological principles and theories
    • Demonstrate understanding of how the field of ecology has developed and how modern ecology builds upon original theories and how it deviates from them
    • Describe ecological processes as they apply to individuals, populations, species, habitats, landscapes and global level issues.
    • Describe how and why different approaches are used to answer questions in ecology, how the natural system used can dictate the methodologies used and the advantages and disadvantages of using different approaches for ecological research
    • Read and critically appraise ecological literature
    • Develop and test hypotheses for the study of ecology and prepare appropriate scientific reports
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 3 Practical or Laboratory hours


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