Biology Online Module Handbook

BL2307 Ecology

(BL2307 online module handbook version 29)

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This module introduces basic concepts in population and community ecology and how they relate to biodiversity. It provides an understanding of fundamental ecological concepts including population regulation, intra- and inter-specific competition, species niche as well as taxonomic and functional diversity. This module is suitable for all Biologists and environmental scientists. Although it is an introductory module, it will cover the latest developments in the field of ecology. *

Credits: 15*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti
oeg@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463513
Pre-requisite Modules:
BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST PASS BL1101 AND PASS BL1102*
Anti-requisite Modules:
YOU CANNOT TAKE THIS MODULE IF YOU TAKE BL2105*
Post-requisite Modules:
BL3000, BL3308, BL3309, BL3316, BL3318, BL3319*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL2307: Timetable

Legend (not all modules have every event type):
lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
01-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Lecture L1: Introduction: What is Ecology?
2017-8_BL2307_L1
Friday
02-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Lecture L2: Physical environment
2017-8_BL2307_L2

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
07-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L3: Population Processes: Population growth and regulation 1
2017-8_BL2307_L3
Thursday
08-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L4: Population Processes: Population growth and regulation 2
2017-8_BL2307_L4
Thursday
08-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Thomas Meagher

Practical P1: Demonstration analysis workshop on phylogenetic diversity
2017-8_BL2307_P1
MBSB
Friday
09-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L5: Population Processes: Interactions between two populations - competition
2017-8_BL2307_L5
Friday
09-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Thomas Meagher

Practical P2: Demonstration analysis workshop on phylogenetic diversity
2017-8_BL2307_P2
MBSB

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
15-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L6: Population Processes: Interactions between two populations - predation
2017-8_BL2307_L6
Friday
16-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L7: Population Processes: How many animals are there?
2017-8_BL2307_L7

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
21-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Thomas Meagher

Lecture L8: Biodiversity I
2017-8_BL2307_L8
Thursday
22-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Thomas Meagher

Lecture L9: Biodiversity II
2017-8_BL2307_L9
Thursday
22-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Practical P3: Population Processes: Stickleback foraging
2017-8_BL2307_P3
Friday
23-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L10: Communities to Ecosystems: special species
2017-8_BL2307_L10
Friday
23-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Practical P4: Population Processes: Stickleback foraging
2017-8_BL2307_P4

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
01-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L11: Communities to Ecosystems: ecosystem function
2017-8_BL2307_L11
Friday
02-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L12: Communities to Ecosystems: community assembly
2017-8_BL2307_L12

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
07-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L13: Communities to Ecosystems: disturbance
2017-8_BL2307_L13
Thursday
08-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L14: Communities to Ecosystems: ecosystem stability
2017-8_BL2307_L14
Thursday
08-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Practical P5: Measuring species diversity
2017-8_BL2307_P5
Friday
09-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Lecture L15: Environmental Ecology I
2017-8_BL2307_L15
Friday
09-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Practical P6: Measuring species diversity
2017-8_BL2307_P6

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
15-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Lecture L16: Environmental Ecology II
2017-8_BL2307_L16
Friday
16-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Lecture L17: Environmental Ecology III
2017-8_BL2307_L17

Reading Week: 17-Mar-2018 to 01-Apr-2018

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
04-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr David Shuker

Lecture L18: Behavioural Ecology: An introduction to behavioural ecology
2017-8_BL2307_L18
Thursday
05-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr David Shuker

Lecture L19: Behavioural Ecology: Finding resources
2017-8_BL2307_L19
Thursday
05-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr David Shuker

Practical P7: Prisoner s dilemma
2017-8_BL2307_P7
Friday
06-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr David Shuker

Lecture L20: Behavioural Ecology: Living together
2017-8_BL2307_L20
Friday
06-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr David Shuker

Practical P8: Prisoner s dilemma
2017-8_BL2307_P8

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
12-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr David Shuker

Lecture L21: Behavioural Ecology: Living with information
2017-8_BL2307_L21
Friday
13-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr David Shuker

Lecture L22: Behavioural Ecology: Family life
2017-8_BL2307_L22

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
18-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Lecture L23: Molecular Ecology: measuring and describing genetic diversity I
2017-8_BL2307_L23
Thursday
19-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Lecture L24: Molecular Ecology: measuring and describing genetic diversity II
2017-8_BL2307_L24
Thursday
19-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
Bute PC Lab
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Practical P9: Molecular Ecology of Marine Mammals
2017-8_BL2307_P9
Friday
20-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Lecture L25: Molecular Ecology: making inferences about the ecology of a species from molecular data
2017-8_BL2307_L25
Friday
20-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
Bute PC Lab
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Practical P10: Molecular Ecology of Marine Mammals
2017-8_BL2307_P10

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
26-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Lecture L26: Molecular Ecology: applications to conservation
2017-8_BL2307_L26
Friday
27-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Thomas Meagher

Lecture L27: Course Summary - Why Ecology Matters
2017-8_BL2307_L27
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2307: Reading List

Click for BL2307 reading list

BL2307: Assessment

2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%*

Assessment:
Practical report - Population processes
Due by:
02/03/2018 23:59
Feedback due by:
23/03/2018 23:59
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
50%
Assessment:
2000-word Essay
Due by:
16/03/2018 23:59
Feedback due by:
06/04/2018 23:59
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
50%

(MMS assessment data cached: 28 March 2018 22:20:20.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Prof Oscar Gaggiotti oeg@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Oscar Gaggiotti oeg@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Oscar Gaggiotti oeg@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Oscar Gaggiotti oeg@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL2307: Contributing Staff

Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Prof Oscar Gaggiotti
(Module Organiser)

MASTS Professoroeg@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Verena Dietrich-BischoffDr Verena Dietrich-BischoffTeaching Fellowvdb@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Maria DornelasDr Maria DornelasMASTS Lecturermaadd@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Oscar GaggiottiProf Oscar Gaggiotti
(Module Organiser)
MASTS Professoroeg@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Thomas MeagherProf Thomas MeagherProfessortrm3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr David ShukerDr David ShukerSenior Lecturer in Behavioural Ecologydms14@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2307: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL2307 successfully should be able to:

  • Explain what Ecology is and what is its importance in modern human societies
  • Summarise what the different population processes are
  • Be able to describe the flow of energy through food webs, and controls thereon
  • Be able to identify and use an economic (cost-benefit) approach to understand the functional significance of behaviour
  • Differentiate between the different levels of biodiversity
  • Describe what molecular ecology is and how it can be used in conservation biology
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2307: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Sourcing figures/tables
    • Reflective analysis
    • Problem-solving questions
    • Biodiversity analysis
    • Calculations/equations
    • Data analysis
    • Data analysis (depending on project)
    • Distinguish different types of data
    • Genetic Drift
    • Use other data analysis software
    Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
    Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
    * University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
    School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
    University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

    Policies

    (Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)