BIOL13031 - Ecology: Theory and Application

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Ecology is the study of the natural world: how organisms interact with one another and with their physical environment, and such knowledge is essential for any study in biology. In this unit, students will study ecology at different levels: the population, community, and evolutionary levels. Practical application of ecology will be emphasised in the study of principles of experimental design, and in the conduct of group research projects.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

(ZOOL11005 Foundation Animal Biology and BOTN11004 Foundation Plant Biology) or (BIOL11099 Living Systems and BIOL11100 Functional Biology)

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.44% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Personal comments, Moodle evaluation
Feedback
Numerous positive comments regarding course content, structure, and assessment authenticity and student centredness were received.
Recommendation
These aspects will be maintained, and strengthened where possible.
Action Taken
These elements were maintained.
Source: Personal comments, email, Moodle evaluation
Feedback
Some uncertainty continued to present in students unsure of their skills in Excel.
Recommendation
A formal ALC tutorial will be arranged and trialed for next offering, and a more proactive role in linking students to the ALC will be pursued. Other sources of online help etc. will continue to be highlighted and made available.
Action Taken
A formal ALC tutorial was arranged and presented whilst students were on-campus for the CBP. Content and examples were focussed on the assessment task and used real data. Not all students attended. Additional You Tube videos were sourced for the students. The high level of lecturer guidance was maintained.
Source: Moodle evaluation
Feedback
Assignment return was considered too tardy.
Recommendation
I will improve this and other related course component aspects (e.g., task feedback) for next offering by better planning of submission dates and marking around residential schools and other commitments.
Action Taken
Assignment return was improved and within stated timelines. Feedback quality and detail was maintained.
Source: Moodle evaluation
Feedback
Some students considered the unit Moodle site difficult to navigate at times.
Recommendation
I will review site layout and improve organisation of resources appropriately.
Action Taken
Unit Moodle site layout was reviewed and minor changes made.
Source: Formal unit student evaluations, informal student comment
Feedback
Numerous positive comments regarding course content, structure, and content and assessment authenticity and student centredness and support elements were received.
Recommendation
These components will be maintained, and where possible refined further.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Formal unit student evaluation
Feedback
One comment was made (for the first time) suggesting consideration of peer assessment in marking student participation in field work (because of the perception 'not everyone contributed equally').
Recommendation
This will be explored with expert peers and with future student cohorts, because transferable skills (like teamwork) are important for employability.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Formal unit student evaluation
Feedback
Whilst student feedback included how well unit information covered real-world ecology well, a student commented some unit content was dated 2010.
Recommendation
This material, even if foundational, will be reviewed and updated, however this is less likely for component foundational animations (due to complexity of the undertaking).
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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