General Ecology

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    General Ecology

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Ecology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BI102: Plant Biology and BI108: Animal Biology

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course provides students an introduction to general ecology, the science concerned with the complex interactions of organisms with each other and with their physical environment. In this course we study ecology at the scale of the individual organism up to the scale of whole ecosystems and global processes. We include the study of those processes that influence the distribution, abundance and productivity of organisms and biological systems and consider how human activities alter these patterns and processes.


    Learning Outcomes:

    -Define key ecological concepts and distinguish different ecological 'scales' as well as the relative robustness of different kinds of ecological investigations.

    -Interpret how the distributions of organisms are influenced by environmental conditions, the availability of resources and their interactions with other species.

    -Explain the changes that can occur in ecological populations over space and time.

    -Explain the processes that influences the number of species found in ecological communities.

    -Manipulate ecological data, calculate ecological indices, produce quality scientific graphs in Excel, and interpret ecological research results.

    -Evaluate issues in resource extraction, environmental science and conservation using ecological principles.



    Townsend, Begon and Harpe, (2014) Essentials of Ecology. 4th Edition. Wiley-Blckwell.



    Lab assignments: 12%

    Lab Reports: 13%

    Short Tests: 20%

    Learning Hours Assessment: 5%

    Final Exam: 50%

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