Introduction to agroecology


This module introduces the fundamental concepts of agroecology through developing an understanding of the abiotic and biotic interactions of terrestrial ecosystems. This module focuses on building an understanding of ecosystem, structure, function and dynamics as the concept of agroecology is based on ecological principles and understanding ecosystem processes.  It includes examples from a range of terrestrial ecosystems including coastal, peatlands and heathlands, grasslands, croplands and forests. The module includes practical elements covering the structure and functioning of agroecosystems.

Sustainable development topics referenced within the module include: No poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Wellbeing, Clean Water and Sanitation, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action; Life Below Water; Life On Land, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the fundamental ecological concepts of populations, communities and environment interactions of a range of terrestrial ecosystems (peatland, grassland, cropland, forest and coastal)

  2. Describe the biotic and abiotic components of a range of terrestrial agroecosystems

  3. Explain the dynamics, energy flow, and nutrient cycling in a range of ecosystems

  4. Identify and classify range of terrestrial habitats in agricultural landscapes (both extensive and intensively farmed) using both Irish and international habitat classification systems

  5. Collect and interpret sample data (biological and environmental data) from selected terrestrial habitats 

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