Full Title:Habitat and Wildlife Ecology
Module Code:53597
 
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The course introduces basic concepts in the ecology of individual organisms, their populations, and the biological communities in which they live and how they interact with their environment. The factors that affect the distribution, growth and survival of plant and animal communities are examined. The course introduces wildlife biology both globally and regionally and how ecology can be applied to wildlife management and conservation.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Critically synthesise the structure and function of populations, communities and ecosystems and how they interact.
  2. Describe how organisms interact with their environment and the role that they have in ecosystem and community structure.
  3. Appraise contrasting conservation management techniques and to evaluate how concepts in habitat ecology and population dynamics are applied to restoration of wildlife populations.
  4. Design and carry out sampling programmes and procedures for identifying and describing plant and animal communities and analyse their distribution.
  5. Conduct basic ecological assessments of specific habitats.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Fundamentals of Ecology
Diversity of life, evolution, patterns in community structure, global biomes, geographic patterns of life and island biogeography, ecological energy flow and biological production, match between organism and its environment, niche theory and how species co-exist, population dynamics and diversity, intra and interspecific competition, predation, parasitism, herbivory, community development and succession.
Wildlife Biology
Habitat selection, dispersion, population dynamics and regulation, status and origin of Irish vertebrate fauna, sustainable wildlife management, conservation and management of scarce or endangered species, biosecurity and the role of invasive species, restoring damaged ecosystems, the role of reintroductions in biodiversity conservation, wildlife survey and census techniques.
Habitat Ecology
Overview of major Irish habitat types: Woodland, Grassland, Forests, Hedgerows, Boglands. Habitat management and conservation, legislation and governance surrounding habitat and wildlife conservation and management (eg. EU Habitats Directive). Introduction to field techniques used for the study of terrestrial ecosystems and sampling methods for enumerating and classifying fauna.
Practicals
Experimentation and data analyses on topics relating to species diversity, population density and abundance, fecundity, population growth models, habitat selection, population variability, conduct habitat surveys, introduction to animal and plant sampling techniques, habitat mapping, comparison of species diversity, field visits to a range of habitats types such as; woodland, hedgrow, grassland, peatland, wetland.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory experimentation and Field Visits to major habitat types. In addition, students will design and carry out a laboratory based hypothesis driven project using the skills and analytical methods they have developed. They will give a group presentation on this project. 1,2,4,5 30.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Essay An essay on a topic related to habitat and wildlife ecology and conservation. 1,2,3 10.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Presentation Project on a topical issue related to wildlife management and habitat conservation. 3 10.00 0 0 Week 11 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Practical No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Alan Sitkin 2011, Principles of ecology and management: international challenges for future practitioners, Goodfellow Pub Woodeaton, Oxford [ISBN: 9781906884239]
  • Michael Begon, Colin R. Townsend, John L. Harper 2006, Ecology : from individuals to ecosystems, 4th Ed., Blackwell Pub Malden, MA [ISBN: 1405151986]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Read, H.J., Frater, M. 1999, Woodland Habitats, Routledge London [ISBN: 0415180902]
  • Ambasht, R.S., Navin, K. 2002, Modern trends in Applied Terrestrial Ecology, Springer [ISBN: 9780306473326]
  • Robert M. May and Angela R. McLean 1997, Theoretical ecology : principles and applications, 3rd Ed., Oxford University Pres Oxford [ISBN: 0199209995]
  • Jodi A. Hilty, William Z. Lidicker Jr., and Adina M. Merenlender ; foreword by Andrew P. Dobson 2006, Corridor ecology: the science and practice of linking landscapes for biodiversity conservation, Island Press Washington, DC [ISBN: 1559630965]
  • Peter J. Mayhew 2006, Discovering evolutionary ecology: bringing together ecology and evolution, Oxford University Press Oxford [ISBN: 9780198525288]
  • Michael J. Manfredo 2009, Wildlife and society: the science of human dimensions, Island Press Washington, D.C. [ISBN: 9781597269346]
  • Paul Sterry 2010, Collins Complete Irish Wildlife, Harper Collins London [ISBN: 0007720688]
  • Chinery, M. 1993, A field guide to the insects of Britain and Northern Europe, 3rd Ed., Harper Collins London [ISBN: 10000219918]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SENVI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Bioscience 6 Mandatory
659 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Bioscience 6 Mandatory