Population and Community Ecology

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Population and Community Ecology

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Ecology, Social Ecology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIOL/ENVI 222, 15 200-level BIOL, ENVI or STAT pts

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5 - 6
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7 - 8
  • Overview

    This course will cover practical and conceptual approaches to the study of plant and animal ecology covering population dynamics, community structure and ecosystem ecology.

    Course content
    A 20pt course that extends students’ conceptual and practical understanding of modern approaches to population, community and ecosystem ecology. Students will examine the variety of factors that influence the abundance, diversity and distribution of plants and animals. Approaches utilised range from theoretical ecology and literature search through to techniques of experimentation, sampling and data analyses.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:

    • Examine, explain and critique important, and often times unresolved, concepts and issues in ecology.
    • Demonstrate problem-solving abilities informed by critical literature research, problem identification, sound data analysis, and appropriate interpretation of results, communicated in a clear manner that adheres to modern standards of scientific communication (written and/or oral presentation).
    • Identify the strengths, weaknesses and requirements of different approaches to “doing ecology”, including: observation & description of natural patterns, model-building and laboratory & field experiments.

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