Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3309 Ecosystems and Conservation

(BL3309 online module handbook version 19)

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This module will examine how ecosystems function and how they provide services for humans: information which is essential for ecologists, conservationists and land managers. The module will consider examples of natural systems being altered by man to demonstrate how ecosystems function and the consequences of anthropogenic change. Disturbance and regulation in ecosystems, atmospheric and hydrological regulation, (including the green house effect and acidification), soil ecology, conservation and management of natural resources, agricultural and grazed ecosystems (including GMOs), urban ecosystems and aspects of sustainable development will also be discussed.*

Credits: 20*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Prof Will Cresswell
wrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463010
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass BL2307 and ( pass BL2303 or pass BL2304 or pass BL2308 )*
Anti-requisite Modules:
*
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

BL3309: Timetable

No details are currently available for BL3309 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)

BL3309: Assessment

3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Coursework = 34%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 20 September 2018 22:20:12.)


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 Will Cresswell wrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Will Cresswell wrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Will Cresswell wrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Will Cresswell wrlc@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

BL3309: Contributing Staff

Prof Will Cresswell

Prof Will Cresswell
(Module Organiser)

Professor of Biologywrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Will CresswellProf Will Cresswell
(Module Organiser)
Professor of Biologywrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Verena Dietrich-BischoffDr Verena Dietrich-BischoffTeaching Fellowvdb@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Philip HammondProf Philip HammondProfessorpsh2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Thomas MeagherProf Thomas MeagherProfessortrm3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Simon NorthridgeDr Simon NorthridgeSenior Lecturerspn1@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)

BL3309: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL3309 successfully should be able to:

  • List and explain the functional basis of the types of relationships between organisms and abiotic factors
  • Describe how diversity arises from the physical processes that limit this
  • Describe how ecosystem functions result from how other organisms ameliorate or intensify limiting abiotic conditions.
  • Give specific detailed examples of how relationships between organisms at an ecosystem level, and ecosystem processes, arise from combinations of abiotic and biotic factors and how organisms and communities themselves then affect abiotic factors.
  • Understand the concept of ecosystem services
  • Understand how humans are affecting ecosystem functions and processes and so ecosystem services.
  • Give specific detailed examples of how humans can change and manage ecosystem services.
  • Appreciate that how humans affect ecosystem functions and processes is fundamental to future quality of life, and how conservation, urban planning and sustainable development can lead to positive solutions.
  • Analyse and interpret complex ecological data sets typical of environmental monitoring.
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)

BL3309: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • "Full" practical write-up (Intro, Methods, Results, Discussion)
    • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
    • Data analysis (depending on project)
    • Descriptive statistics
    • Distinguish different types of data
    • Generalised Linear Models
    • Linear regression
    • Produce graphs/figures
    • Produce tables
    • Use R or R Studio
    • Critiquing experimental design
    • Working in pairs/small groups
    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)