Using certain key themes, to introduce students to the complex and multifaceted nature of environmental issues and ecological science, particularly stressing the interrelationships between their biophysical and human dimensions. To encourage students to manage their own learning.
A. show a general understanding of key ecological principles and apply them to study organism-environment relationships under realistic field conditions.
B. have a general understanding of how ecological principles can be used to address current environmental issues such as loss of biodiversity and habitats.
C. show a general understanding of main drivers of global change and their interactions, mainly land-use change, climate change, and invasive species.
D. appreciate how ecology and conservation, together with other disciplines, can be used to manage natural resources, and show an understanding of trade-offs involved in natural resources management.
E. have insight into, and a critical understanding of, the concept of sustainability from an ecological view
F. collect, analyse and interpret data with ecological models; and report results.
G. critically analyse concepts and report and justify their conclusions
Topics are introduced through lectures and practical work (computer and lab based). There will be a prepared class debate on a topical subject.
Additionally, there will be a Role Play where you have to decide (evidence-based) the solution to a socio-scientific issue.
Some sessions on this module will be delivered by Language Centre tutors, with the aim of assisting students with language/study skills requirements for the module.
*Should the University decide to cancel or postpone the field trip due to unforeseen environmental and/or political circumstances, the Department will either plan an appropriate substitute activity to meet the intended learning outcomes of the trip or make necessary arrangements to organise the trip at a later time, as appropriate.