The focus of the module will be on an introduction to ecological principles supported by associated fieldwork practicals. There will also be an examination of approaches to environmental education. It will provide practical skills and the know how required to undertake selected ecological field methods. The student will demonstrate an appreciation of the complexities of some important environmental debates and the way in which ecological knowledge is used to address problems such as climate change, water pollution, over-exploitation of biological resources and invasive species. Throughout the module theoretical learning will be illustrated by case studies and supported with field activities. The module also hopes to foster empathy with the natural world and create a deeper awareness of both our interdependence and interconnection with our environment.
Describe the complex relationships and factors that create ecosystems
Explain the operation of ecological processes and generate supporting theoretical models
Design simple surveys and interpret fieldwork data
Select suitable approaches to environmental education
Apply ecological knowledge to a range of environmental challenges faced by society