CO-ORDINATOR: Dr Timothy Paine
PRE-REQUISITES: ENVU3EC: Introduction to Ecology
Tropical forests contain approximately two-thirds of the Earth’s biodiversity, and about half of its carbon. Better understanding the ecological processes that allow for such diversity, and support the provision of ecosystem services to humans is an important training for graduates in biological and environmental sciences. On completing this half module students will have developed an awareness of this new discipline. Students will also know and understand the pace at which this area of biology is developing and will appreciate the need to keep abreast of new disciplines and their development.
Aim of this module
Taught sessions will consist of a mixture of lectures, discussions, and writing workshops. This is a writing-intensive module, and much attention will be paid to improving the ability of students to express themselves coherently, with precision, concision, and crystalline logic.
The Tropical Ecology half-module provides opportunities for students to develop the following specific areas of knowledge:
|Total Study Time||100 hours|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching||24 hours: lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, external visits, scheduled on-line discussions or similar|
|Guided Independent Study||76 hours: both directed learning undertaken in student's own time, and their own self-directed study for assessment|
There will be five assigned short essays to write in this module. Students will be expected to revise and re-submit their essays, with the potential to obtain improved marks.