BIO112 Principles of Ecology (8)

Australian ecosystems are unique in their complexity and diversity of species. Understanding the ecology of these systems is fundamental to managing and conserving these places for future generations. The subject describes the foundations for life on Earth, introducing the fundamental concepts of biology, evolution and ecology of animals and plants that make up the diversity of ecosystems on our planet. Students will have the opportunity for hands-on learning through activities such as collecting and analysing data on biodiversity, underpinned with theoretical knowledge. On completion, students will have foundational knowledge and skills to successfully continue their studies in plant, animal, terrestrial and aquatic ecology.

Availability

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Online
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Online
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BIO112. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Environmental Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the scientific method and apply it to ecology;
  • be able to explain the principles and concepts underpinning the biological function of plants and animals;
  • be able to explain natural selection and the process of evolution;
  • be able to explain the principles and concepts underpinning population and community ecology; and
  • be able to describe the basic ecology of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Principles of biology;
  • Natural selection and evolution;
  • Plant and animal structure and function;
  • Population and community ecology; and
  • Major types of ecosystems on Earth.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BIO112 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Online quizzes #1
8
2
Natural selection worksheet and synthesis
15
3
Plant id worksheet
5
4
Mark-recapture worksheet
5
5
Bird diversity research report
25
6
Online quizzes #2
12
7
Final exam
30

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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