ATE351 - Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology

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Subject Title
Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology

Subject Description
The interdependence of living organisms and the factors that limit distribution and abundance is explored in terms of the hierarchy of ecological study.  This course follows a natural progression from adaptations to biogeochemical cycling to illustrate the requirements of healthy natural systems. The course culminates with a discussion on restoration ecology to introduce the challenges, conflicts and approaches applied to seek sensitive and compatible solutions between the competing needs of the urban and natural environments. Local, provincial, national issues, as they relate to aquatic and terrestrial systems will serve to highlight sound and effective land use practices, subwatershed level planning, and construction techniques.

Credit Status
One subject credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the behavioural and physiological mechanisms that organisms use to respond to their environments;
  2. Describe how and why traits evolve within a population over ecological time;
  3. Apply models that describe population growth and dynamics, competitive interactions between species, and predator-prey interactions;
  4. Describe how organisms interact with each other and their environments;
  5. Discuss life history strategies employed by organisms;
  6. Explain how communities and ecosystems are structured;
  7. Develop proficiency in using the scientific method to solve problems in ecology;
  8. Execute field work with precision.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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