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 Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

 

TOPIC

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§  Ecology, Definitions, Scope and Importance

6

§  Ecosystems, Definitions, Types; Ecosystem Structures and functions (processes)

6

§  Energy flow (Solar radiation, Laws of Thermodynamics, Trophic level, pyramids)

6

§  Biogeochemical cycles (Nitrogen, Carbon, Water, Phosphorus) (Why these cycles?)

6

§  Ecological populations and their survival strategies (species, dynamics, stability, human impacts)

6

§  Ecological communities (interactions and interrelationships; dominant, keystone, flagship, and Alien species; Successions) 

8

§  Ecosystem Stability and resilience, ecosystem values (services and goods) and ecosystem conservation  

8

§  The major ecosystems (aquatic and terrestrial)and their resilience from disturbance

8

§  Biogeography; issues on land fragmentation

6

 

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Hands-on work in the industry

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes