course introduces key principles of ecology in relation to the ecosystem
structures, energy flow and bio-geochemical cycling in the environment. The
course delineates interactions between abiotic and biotic environment and
sustainable environmental management. It brings out the importance of
ecosystems for their services to humankind, ecosystem interactions, a broad and
functional understanding of ecological principles.
helps the students to understand and apply the principles in the management of
environment and forms a basis for the understanding of the advanced
undergraduate and higher level postgraduate concepts.
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
the end of the course unit, students should be able to:
Identify and describe
inter-relationships between abiotic and biotic factor.
Outline the structure and
function of ecosystems
Explain the principles of
conservation of matter and energy and appreciate
Explain how the laws of thermodynamics
affect living organisms.
Discuss the Relate concepts
of food web and chains to tropic levels
Explain the importance of
material cycles, such as carbon and nitrogen cycles
diversity, complexity, and structure of biological communities and how these characteristics are connected to
resilience and stability.
Explain how ecological
succession results in ecosystem development.
Discuss the major ecosystems
of East Africa and their flexibility to disturbance.
Design and apply ecosystem
conservation methods to the real world.
Analyze and interpret data
generated from ecological experiments