Full Title:Applied Ecology
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:ENVR S7008
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2018/19 ( February 2019 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Description:The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction to key concepts and processes in ecosystem functioning. Students will explore the links between humans and environmental systems and gain a knowledge of solutions to environmental problems
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Describe ecological concepts and relate these to ecosystems and environmental issues
  2. Identify the impacts of humans on the global environment and appraise methods for restoration of damaged ecosystems
  3. Perform a variety of biological techniques used in ecosystem studies.
  4. Develop the skills to collect, record, analyse, present and interpret data generated from the field and laboratory techniques.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Ecological Concepts
Levels of biological organisation and scale; community and population dynamics; species interactions; ecological energy flow
Ecological Diversity
Major ecosystems and habitats; factors that influence diversity; invasive species; regulation of populations
Role of Humans in Ecosystems
Human impacts on the environment, including environmental issues ; ecology of food production (ecological perspective in agriculture, increasing production for growing populations, GMOs, climate change); restoring damaged ecosystems (mitigation, restoration and legislation); sustainability and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Practical will include both laboratory based skills and field trips and site visits. Sample practicals: Determination of population size using mark-recapture methods; virtual lab for simulations of energy flow through food chain; niche identification using owl pellets. Sample field trips/site visits: Exploring the importance of diversity and sustainablity (site visit SONAIRTE); diversity in streams - collecting and analysising invertebrate samples.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work20.00%
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
Portfolio Students will complete an e-portfolio on a chosen community or ecosystem. The e-portfolio will emphasise threats to the ecosystem and solutions for mitigation 1,2 20.00 0 0 Sem 2 End 0
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Regular lab reports 3,4 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
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 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 Practical techniques will be taught in laboratory practical classes and on field trips. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Botkin, D.B and Keller, E.A. 2014, Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, Wiley
  • Begon, M., Townsend, C. and Harper, J. 2005, Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems, Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 9781405111]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Jones, A.M. 2000, Environmental Biology, Routledge
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 4 Mandatory
DK_SAPBI_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Bioscience 4 Mandatory
DK_NLBIO_7 Bachelor of Science in Bioscience (2020) 4 Mandatory
659 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Bioscience 4 Mandatory
Dk_SAPBI_6 Higher Certificate in Science 4 Mandatory