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:
*
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

No details are currently available for BL2307 Timetable

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: Assessment

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

(MMS assessment data cached: 13 November 2018 23:20:10.)


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)