School Of Science And Health

EcologyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300839.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Knowledge of first-year university biology satisfactory completion of Biodiversity and Cell Biology or equivalent and the concepts of classification, evolution, taxonomy, cellular processes plant and animal structure and function.

Equivalent Units
EY210A - Ecology 2.1; 300634 - Ecology; EY201A - Ecology 2.1 (V1)

300802 Biodiversity OR 300816 Cell Biology OR 300813 Wildlife Studies OR 300824 Management of Aquatic Environments

About this Unit
We live in a society where environmental problems dominate public debate. Ecology is one of the sciences required to find solutions to such problems; terms and ideas that came originally from ecology are used in public discussions, and in legislation. This unit will introduce students to ecology: what is studied, how it is studied, what are the strengths and limitations of ecology. Current ecological thinking will be covered, from the scale of individual organisms, through populations, and up to communities and ecosystems. Methods of study will be highlighted using evidence from molecular ecology through to field investigations.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Covered footwear for field excursions; safety goggles for one Laboratory

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