Unit description

Examines the principles and concepts of plant and animal interactions with the abiotic and biotic environment. Consideration is given to the individual, population, community and ecosystem levels of organisation. Aspects of human ecology and human impact on the environment are introduced. Field and laboratory studies will include quantitative analysis and qualitative observations of natural systems and processes, experimental design and critical comparisons of different quantitative sampling and measurement techniques.

Unit content

  • The nature of ecology
  • Organisms and the environment
  • Life history and evolution
  • Populations
  • Species interactions
  • Community ecology
  • Ecosystems ecology
  • Biogeography
  • Landscape ecology
  • Ecological sampling and experimentation, data collection and analysis

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (13 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Field work 2 days (Once per session)
Practical skills25%
Exam: open book35%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (13 weeks)
Residential session 4 days (Once per session)
Tutorial online 1 hour (13 weeks)
Exam: open book35%
Practical skills25%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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