Field Ecology for Environmental Management - IEST6001

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of Humanities and Languages

Course Outline: School of Humanities & Languages

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Excluded: BIOS3601

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Field Ecology for Environmental Management will introduce students to the basics of ecology and how it relates to the management of contemporary environmental issues. The course is designed primarily as a disciplinary knowledge course for the Masters of Environmental Management. In essence the course is an introduction to applied ecology, how ecologist develop questions, design sampling programs, collect data and then how this contributes to our understanding of ecological issues. This course will demonstrate how fundamental ecological principals can guide managers to make informed decisions.

The course will comprise of two components. Firstly, a short series of lectures that will provide students with a fundamental understanding of ecological principals including components of ecological systems, population dynamics, relationship between the physical world and species distribution and abundance, species interactions, principals of ecological sampling, hypothesis testing and basic statistical tools. Secondly, the students will then apply this knowledge in an intensive four day field component at the UNSW Smiths Lake field station. Students will develop skills in collecting ecological data on a range of ecosystems including terrestrial, estuarine and marine. This will demonstrate how the theory learned during the lectures, applies to real world studies in contrasting ecosystems. The course will have a focus on the impact of ecology primarily in an Australian environmental context.
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