Ecology explains the dynamic world around us, from the relationships between organisms to large-scale ecosystem processes.This module will explore the processes shaping microbial, animal and plant ecology and the interactions within and between these groups, and critique current understanding of these processes.
Student are required to have at least one of these prequisites.
|A||Autumn Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22|
The module will provide an overview of current research questions, methods and analyses across the breadth of modern ecology. The first three sections will focus on the major processes that are particular to the ecology of microbes, plants and animals respectively. The final section will take a systemic approach, covering ecosystems and the ecology of large scale interactions within and between groups and with their environment. The focus will be on cutting edge research, presenting controversial topics and uncertainty, highlighting knowledge gaps and strategies to move the field forward. Material will be taught through interactive workshops, in conjunction with related preparatory and follow-on tasks.
1. Explain and evaluate the roles and interconnections of ecological processes in shaping ecosystem function
2. Apply and interpret new techniques addressing ecological questions
3. Critically evaluate and summarise ecological research
4. Design appropriate research programmes to address defined knowledge gaps
Cohort-level feedback will be provided on performance in closed exams and made available via the VLE. Histograms of module marks will be posted on the notice boards outside the Biology Student Services office. Individual marks will be made available to you and your supervisor via e:vision. Exam scripts will be made available at the end of either the Spring or Summer terms. You should take the opportunity to discuss your marks and feedback with your supervisor.
During the teaching of the module you will receive feedback that may be at a whole class or individual level. Forms of feedback may include: model answers and discussion of workshop questions, summaries of performance in practicals, VLE-based quizzes, individual spoken comments during workshops, individual written comments on formative work.
These are available through the VLE module site.