BS257-12 Ecology and its Applications
This module gives second year students the opportunity to gain a scientific and interdisciplinary perspective of ecosystems and responses by habitats and species to disturbances cause by a variety of factors. Several major environmental issues are presented along with possible solutions to some of them, using concepts learned through case studies from across the world.
The students will be shown some of the important methods used in environmental analysis, as well as some of the problems posed by human impacts on the environment. They should gain an understanding of: environmental resources, drivers of biodiversity loss, pollution, environmental degradation and global change, including the role of human populations. They will explore the following methodologies: remote and in-situ technologies for natural resource measurement, conservation techniques including use of protected areas, economic aspects of environmental practice and approaches to environmental problem-solving.
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
Introduction to the application of ecological approaches to environmental issues
Ecosystems services – honeybees and pollinators case study: honeybees and neonicotinoids
Sustainable use of marine resources: tools and techniques – policy, martine food chains and fisheries, environmental assessment methods,
Balancing tourism and conservation of key UK habitat – Yorkshire Dales case study
Impact and management of invasive species
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- Understand key mechanisms by which humans can impact ecosystem structure and function, demonstrated through reference to relevant examples Demonstrate how specific biological traits of organisms can influence their ability to support or disrupt ecosystem services, structure or function Evaluate different methods for the assessment of environmental impacts Describe the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human impacts on the environment
Indicative reading list
The majority of the reference material will be primary literature and web based information relating to specific environments and scenarios, this will be highlighted during the lectures
Key text for basic ecological principles
Townsend CR, Begon M and Harper JL (2008) Essentials of Ecology (3rd Edition). Blackwell Publishing
Subject specific skills
Understand key mechanisms by which humans can impact ecosystem structure and function, demonstrated through reference to relevant examples
Demonstrate how specific biological traits of organisms can influence their ability to support or disrupt ecosystem services, structure or function
Evaluate different methods for the assessment of environmental impacts
Describe the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human impacts on the environment
Self Directed Learning
|Lectures||12 sessions of 1 hour (10%)|
|Seminars||3 sessions of 1 hour (2%)|
|Private study||105 hours (88%)|
Private study description
Self directed learning and revision
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.
Assessment group B1
Exam: You will have 1 hour to write 2 essays out of a choice of 3 titles.
Feedback on assessment
Feedback will be provided to students on submitted examination answers in line with the policy of the School of Life Sciences ¿ currently to provide students with cohort level guidance highlighting characteristics of highly scoring vs poorly scoring essays.\r\n\r\n
This module is Optional for:
- Year 2 of UBSA-4 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year)