Applied Ecology (11773.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Science And Technology|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Academic Program Area - Science||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Understand how basic ecological principles are applied to solve current important environmental issues;
2. Develop the quantitative skills to describe the patterns of biological diversity and processes generating those patterns in a range of habitats, with a focus on Australian case studies;
3. Recognise the importance and complexity of evaluating potential impacts of environmental problems on the global ecosystem;
4. Employ tools to assist in making robust management decisions and assess their strengths and weaknesses; and
5. Assess the social, economic, ethical and political considerations of resource management, and how they impact decisions, including incorporation of Indigenous knowledge and approaches, and worldviews.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
The course requires students to apply fundamental ecological principles to real-world problems, engaging through a wide variety of information sources. Students will learn how to engage with technology in the context of environmental studies and will work alone and in teams to generate a range of outputs relevant to the workplace.
Prerequisites11772 Diversity of Life and Habitats OR 623 Plants and Animals
Equivalent units10231 Ecology
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Dr Ross Thompson|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Dr Ross Thompson|
Krebs, C.J. (2013). Ecology: The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance. (6th Ed.) Pearson New International Edition.
OR Krebs, C.J. (2013) Ecology: The Experimental Analysis of Distribution & Abundance Pearson New International Edition VitalSource eText, 6th Edition
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
The fieldtrips must both be attended to pass.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
The contact hours for each student in this unit consist of 9 hours of lectures, 8 hours of tutorials and 12 hours of workshops (2 hr x 6). There are an additional 24 hours of off-campus field work. The remaining 97 hours of workload are distributed across the various assessment tasks and self-directed study.
You will be required to participate in the field trip and all of the practical exercises.
It is strongly recommended that you participate in lectures in person or online. You will be assessed on class participation.
Required IT skills
You will need reasonable proficiency in MS Word, Powerpoint and Excel. Experience in statistical analysis using R or equivalent software will be helpful, but is not compulsory.
There will be a cost associated with the Applied Ecology residential field camp. This will not exceed $300
Work placement, internships or practicums