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Unit description

Introduces ecological principles in the context of productive agricultural, forest, terrestrial, and marine systems. Important ecological and landscape processes of energy flow, nutrient and water cycles, and community dynamics are examined. Students will compare natural and managed ecosystems.  

Unit content

1) Introduction to natural and managed ecological systems

2) Population ecology

3) Community ecology

4) Ecology and landscape processes

5) Ecological attributes of healthy natural and managed systems

6) Applying ecological principles for healthy natural and managed systems

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1explain key ecological concepts including species interactions and interactions between organisms and the environment
2assess, describe and illustrate energy flows, complex food webs and biogeochemical cycles in an ecosystem context
3critically evaluate attributes and functioning of natural and managed systems
4critically evaluate interactions between humans and the environment and describe the differences between natural and managed systems.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain key ecological concepts including species interactions and interactions between organisms and the environment
  2. assess, describe and illustrate energy flows, complex food webs and biogeochemical cycles in an ecosystem context
  3. critically evaluate attributes and functioning of natural and managed systems
  4. critically evaluate interactions between humans and the environment and describe the differences between natural and managed systems.

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hrs (10 weeks)
Residential session 5 hrs (2 days)
Assessment
Project proposal25%
Group presentation supported by a subsequent individual annotated bibliography55%
Quiz20%

Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hrs (10 weeks)
Residential session 5 hrs (2 days)
Assessment
Project proposal25%
Group presentation supported by a subsequent individual annotated bibliography55%
Quiz20%

Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hrs (10 weeks)
Residential session 5 hrs (2 days)
Assessment
Project proposal25%
Group presentation supported by a subsequent individual annotated bibliography55%
Quiz20%
Notice

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

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