Principles Of Ecology
The module introduces you to key principles in ecosystem structures and
flow of energy as well as material cycling on Planet Earth. Emphasis is on
abiotic, biotic factors and species interactions which are a basis for
sustainable environmental management. The importance of ecosystems services to
mankind and human-ecosystem interactions are stressed
By the end of this
course, the student should be able to:
the basic principles of ecology in environmental management.
and describe inter-relationships between abiotic and biotic environmental
the energy flow, biogeochemical cycles and balance of nature.
the cycling of nutrients such as nitrogen, carbon through an ecosystem
the concepts of food webs and food chains to trophic levels
and apply ecosystem conservation methods to the real world.
communities and species interactions.
completing the course is expected to:
a foundation understanding of ecological theory at the organism, population and
basic skills for ecological investigation, including the identification of
organisms, collection of data and scientific report writing.
with the patterns of biological diversity and processes generating them in
parts of Uganda.
scientific thinking and writing skills.