Courses Catalogue

Principles Of Ecology

COURSE CODE: BIO1202
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

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

 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles of ecology in environmental management.
  • Identify and describe inter-relationships between abiotic and biotic environmental factors.
  • Explain the energy flow, biogeochemical cycles and balance of nature.
  • Explain the cycling of nutrients such as nitrogen, carbon through an ecosystem
  • Relate the concepts of food webs and food chains to trophic levels
  • Design and apply ecosystem conservation methods to the real world.
  • Discuss communities and species interactions.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

A student completing the course is expected to:

§  Develop a foundation understanding of ecological theory at the organism, population and community levels.

§  Demonstrate basic skills for ecological investigation, including the identification of organisms, collection of data and scientific report writing.

§  familiarize with the patterns of biological diversity and processes generating them in parts of Uganda.

§  developed scientific thinking and writing skills.