ENVB30130 Ecology & its Application (On-line)

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module is delivered online for students of the MSc, Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) course. It is not available to undergraduate students.

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.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

• 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.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The majority of the content of this module is available as short recorded online lectures. Textbooks and additional reading are recommended and there is an online discussion forum. This is supplemented by online (Skype/Zoom) tutorials and feedback sessions in relation to continuous assessment assignments. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Report(s): As for the continuous assessment, a total of 6 reports will be individually submitted in BS. Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 12, Week 14 Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Exam (Online): A final online exam will cover all the topics acquired by the students during the module. End of trimester
1 hr(s)
Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Written feedback is provided for individual continuous assessment assignments and general discussions of key aspects of assignments are undertaken during online tutorials. Students are offered the opportunity to submit drafts of the essays they prepare for the final exam to receive initial feedback.

Name Role
Dr Jan-Robert Baars Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Mary Kelly-Quinn Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Serena Sgarzi Lecturer / Co-Lecturer