Ecology and Environmental Sustainability


This module expands on the students understanding of the principles of ecology and its application. 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 consider ways in which ecological knowledge and the principles of sustainability are 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 considered in the context of relevant case studies and supported with field activities. Students will be encouraged to think creatively and approach solution-building with empathy and in a way that nurtures an ethos of sustainability.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in ecology and sustainability.

  2. Be capable of performing selected ecological field procedures, including the use of taxonomic identification aids and the handling of biological samples that have been collected to obtain relevant data.

  3. Explain the links between biodiversity and the ecosystem services humans derive from it and how biodiversity loss impacts human societies.

  4. Understand and interpret how ecological knowledge can be applied to a range of environmental challenges faced by society.

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the key legislation dealing with biodiversity protection in Ireland including the various designations for the conservations of habitats and species.

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