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ENVI5705: Ecological Principles

This unit of study introduces fundamental concepts of modern ecology for environmental scientists through a series of modules focussing on applied questions. Using case studies from Australia and internationally, students are exposed to the challenges of doing ecology and how cutting edge research is being applied to environmental management using evidence-based approaches. Field and lab practicals will give students an insight into the ways that ecologists address ecological problems and how way they generate an understanding of natural systems. Students have the opportunity to consider different ways of doing science and ways of dealing with different kinds of data, including qualitative, quantitative, anecdotal and experimental approaches.

Code ENVI5705
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level Mathematics and understanding of basic statistics

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the ecological principles underlying environmental problems
  • LO2. critically evaluate the literature on environmental research and problem-solving
  • LO3. ask questions, collect and interpret data from a field investigation, and articulate outcomes in a report
  • LO4. evaluate information from a range of sources in a form meaningful to colleagues in different fields of environmental management
  • LO5. communicate your understanding of ecological data and issues in written and oral presentations.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.