BIOL2060 - * Course Outline

Section ii effect of the abiotic environment on the

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Unformatted text preview: sions during lectures and tutorials and written assignments will allow you to practice working with the scientific method. 0.5 credits. Prerequisite(s): 4.00 credits including BIOL*1040 or BIOL*1070 Restriction(s): BIOL*3110, BIOL*3120 There are five major sections in the course: SECTION I: WHAT IS ECOLOGY AND HOW DO WE STUDY IT? SECTION II: EFFECT OF THE ABIOTIC ENVIRONMENT ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF ORGANISMS, including climate, biogeography, and adaptation to environmental extremes SECTION III: EFFECT OF THE BIOTIC AND ABIOTIC ENVIRONMENT ON THE ABUNDANCE OF ORGANISMS, including demography, life history, and population growth. SECTION IV: EFFECT OF SPECIES INTERACTIONS ON THE DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE OF ORGANISMS, including competition and predation. SECTION V: COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS, including disturbance and succession, food webs, and primary production and energy flow. By the end of the course the successful student will be able to: 1. Explain patterns observed in nature by applying fundamental ecological theories. 2. Communicate clearly about ecological systems and processes by applying appropriate ecological terminology. 3. Appreciate the historical development of the discipline and the contributions of influential scientists to our understanding of contemporary ecological issues. 4. Begin to formulate solutions to conservation and management issues related to the distribution and abundance of species by applying ecological theory. 5. Navigate spreadsheets, analyze original data, construct appropriate graphs, and interpret results through class discussions, tutorial group work, and independent assignments. 6. Find electronically, read for comprehension, and critically analyze primary scientific papers on a specific ecological topic. 7. Critically evaluate primary ecological literature and interpret case studies in the context of ecological theory. 8. Develop and present a research proposal (including a...
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