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BS257-12 Ecology and its Applications

Department
Life Sciences
Level
Undergraduate Level 2
Module leader
Charlotte Allender
Credit value
12
Module duration
5 weeks
Assessment
100% exam
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

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.

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Module aims

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.

Outline syllabus

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

Learning outcomes

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

Transferable skills

Self Directed Learning
Adult Learning

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 12 sessions of 1 hour (10%)
Seminars 3 sessions of 1 hour (2%)
Private study 105 hours (88%)
Total 120 hours
Private study description

Self directed learning and revision

Costs

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
Weighting Study time
Exam 100%

Exam: You will have 1 hour to write 2 essays out of a choice of 3 titles.


  • Answerbook Green (8 page)
Feedback on assessment

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Past exam papers for BS257

Courses

This module is Optional for:

  • Year 2 of UBSA-4 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year)