Award: 5 credits at level 3
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: 10/09/2013 (Semester 1)

ENVB30130 Ecology and Its Application


This module is for students in Semester 1 of the MSc, Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) course.

What will I study?

This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of ecology and its application.

Topics include:

  • population
  • community and ecosystem ecology
  • scales of variation in space and time
  • methodological approaches to characterising ecological patterns and processes
  • important links with other disciplines
  • humans as a source of impact on ecological patterns and processes
  • areas of human activity that require input from ecologists, such as agriculture, fisheries, disease control, conservation and environmental management

How will I study?

The module will include:
  • Videos and demonstrations by the lecturers
  • Interactive learning reinforcement quizzes
  • Online assessed multiple choice quizzes
  • Interactive discussion boards

Expected Commitment

Students are not required to attend any lectures at the UCD campus as part of the module. However, Students are expected to attend the final semester exam and spend a total of 120 hours workload during the semester consisting of:

  • Lectures, videos and other online learning materials (throughout the semester): 24 hours
  • Assessments, project and quizzes (throughout the semester): 24 hours
  • Student Autonomous Learning: 72 hours

How will I be assessed?

In-semester assessment: 40%

2 hour end of semester written exam: 60%

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

At the end of the course students will be able to:
  • Describe the fundamental principles of ecology;
  • Differentiate between ecological patterns and processes at different scales and levels of biological organisation (population, community and ecosystem);
  • Understand and debate how ecological knowledge can be applied to a range of challenges faced by society;
  • Further develop more specialised ecological knowledge and skills through subsequent modules.

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. This module is designed so that it is accessible for students with little or no background in biology or ecology.