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ECOL211 Ecology of Communities and Ecosystems

Focuses on how species interact, how these interactions build communities, how natural and human induced disturbances affect the integrity and sustainability of communities, and how an understanding of community and ecosystem-level processes can aid the restoration and management of natural areas for conservation.

Paper title Ecology of Communities and Ecosystems
Paper code ECOL211
Subject Ecology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
ECOL 111
Schedule C
Science
Notes
ECOL 111 may be taken as a corequisite by students who have already passed 72 points from Science Schedule C.
Contact
ecology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Professor Phil Bishop
and Professor Kath Dickinson
Paper Structure
This paper focuses on:
  • How species interact
  • How these interactions build communities
  • How natural and human-induced disturbances affect the structure and functioning of communities
  • How an understanding of community and ecosystem-level processes can aid the conservation, restoration and management of natural areas
The practical aspect of the paper will examine how communities respond to disturbance and examine how real communities and ecosystems are managed and rebuilt through visits to some local examples.
Textbooks
Townsend, C R., Begon, M. and Harper, JL. (2008) Essentials of Ecology. Third edition. Wiley/Blackwell, Oxford
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand how the activities of species affect other individuals and species
  • Understand how groups of interacting individuals and species persist
  • Explain the processes involved that enable complex groups of individuals and species to persist
  • Develop skills in experimental design, group work, critical thinking and scientific communication (including report writing and oral communication)

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 18-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Friday 14:00-17:50 9-14, 17-22

Focuses on how species interact, how these interactions build communities, how natural and human induced disturbances affect the integrity and sustainability of communities, and how an understanding of community and ecosystem-level processes can aid the restoration and management of natural areas for conservation.

Paper title Ecology of Communities and Ecosystems
Paper code ECOL211
Subject Ecology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
ECOL 111
Schedule C
Science
Notes
ECOL 111 may be taken as a corequisite by students who have already passed 72 points from Science Schedule C.
Contact
ecology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course co-ordinators: Professor Phil Bishop
and Professor Kath Dickinson
Paper Structure
This paper focuses on:
  • How species interact
  • How these interactions build communities
  • How natural and human-induced disturbances affect the structure and functioning of communities
  • How an understanding of community and ecosystem-level processes can aid the conservation, restoration and management of natural areas
The practical aspect of the paper will examine how communities respond to disturbance and examine how real communities and ecosystems are managed and rebuilt through visits to some local examples.
Textbooks
Townsend, C R., Begon, M. and Harper, JL. (2008) Essentials of Ecology. Third edition. Wiley/Blackwell, Oxford
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand how the activities of species affect other individuals and species
  • Understand how groups of interacting individuals and species persist
  • Explain the processes involved that enable complex groups of individuals and species to persist
  • Develop skills in experimental design, group work, critical thinking and scientific communication (including report writing and oral communication)

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Friday 14:00-17:50 9-12, 15-22