BIOEB503-23A (HAM)

Terrestrial Ecology

15 Points

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The University of Waikato
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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Ecology, Biodiversity and Animal Behaviour

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What this paper is about

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This paper aims to develop students' understanding of ecological theory with a focus on terrestrial ecosystems, and of how theory can inform ecosystem management and our understanding of environmental problems. The material is drawn from both local (New Zealand) and international literature. As well as exploring key theories and concepts, the paper has a strong focus on developing the skills needed by research students. These skills include literature search, critical review of scientific papers, conceptual synthesis, application of concepts and theories to novel problems, audiovisual presentation, and written expression.The topics covered span a gamut of biological organization from organism-level (physiological ecology) through to ecosystems.
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How this paper will be taught

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The material will be taught mostly in seminar form. Several published research papers will be assigned each week as reading material--students will be rostered to either (a) present a brief audiovisual talk on one of the papers, or (b) contribute to discussion of the week's papers in Perusall. There will also be a 1-day fieldtrip to Pureora Forest Park on Sunday 19th March.
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Required Readings

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Four research papers will be assigned each week. There is no textbook.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Apply ecological concepts and methods to address novel problems
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  • Communicate scientific ideas and information clearly and concisely
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  • Critically appraise ecological literature
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of major theories and concepts in relation to terrestrial ecosystems
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  • Recognize applications of ecological theory to problems of resource management, conservation, restoration, and global change
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  • Understand the process of peer review in ecology
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  • Use journal alerts to locate scientific papers of interest
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How you will be assessed

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The dates indicated for assessment procedures will normally be adhered to. Any changes to the dates will be made in consultation with the class at least one week prior to the original date. Individuals handing in work late must gain approval from the appropriate lecturer otherwise they may be penalised.
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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Weekly participation
40
  • In Class: In Lecture
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Field trip report
2 Apr 2023
11:00 PM
8
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. 1st practice exam question
6 Apr 2023
11:00 PM
2
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. 2nd practice exam question
27 Apr 2023
11:00 PM
2
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Mock peer review
8
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Exam
40
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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