Introduction to Ecology

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Understand the way that organisms interact with our environment! Ecology provides the link between the different branches of Life Sciences, structuring them as a complete concept of life. This self paced online course covers general principles of ecology.

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Lesson Structure: Lesson Guide - Introduction To Ecology BEN101

There are 7 lessons:

Ecosystems & Populations
Components of an ecosystem, Biomes, Detrital & grazing webs, trophic levels, energy flows etc
The Development Of Life
Lifespans, Natural selection, Genetics, Understanding arguments for and against theory of evolution, etc
Animals, Parasites & Endangered Species
Comparative anatomy, how animals fit in ecosystems, animals in the human community, parasites, etc
Fungi, Tundra, Rainforests & Marshlands
Physiology, anatomy, classification and ecology of fungi; Location, the climate, the plant and animal life related to different systems including tundra, marshes and rainforests.
Mountains, Rivers & Deserts
Formation ecology and importance of mountains (including erosion, volcanoes etc), formation & types of rivers, catchments, dams, deserts and their ecology, etc.
Shallow Waters
Shore lines, coral reefs, intermediate reefs, estuaries, sandy shores, etc.
Ecological Problems
The Greenhouse Effect, The Ozone Layer, Poisons & Waste Materials

Aims: Learning Goals - Introduction To Ecology BEN101

To identify the components of an ecosystem and how they interact.
Discuss the basis of the Theory of Evolution and those elements of science which influenced the theory.
To discuss the existence of animals in the ecosystem.
To discuss the presence of plant life in a range of ecological situations
To discuss the ecological features of mountains, rivers and deserts.
To discuss the ecological features of shallow water regions and coral seas.
To discuss the ecological implications of human activities on the environment.


Observe an ecosystem in your local area. Identify the inhabitants of the ecosystem and their location in the food web of that system.
Compare the similarities and differences between the detrital web and the grazing web
Discuss what scientific discoveries the Theory of Evolution, both past and present, is based on.
List and explain the four arguments of evolution.
Define Natural Selection.
Discuss how genetics are related to evolution.
Go to an ecological environment (as natural and un-human interfered as possible) and observe the plants and relationships that exist.
Visit a local stream or river. Observe the condition of the stream, particularly the presence of indigenous vegetation and its affect on stream bank condition. Also look for evidence of human activity on the condition of the stream or river
Discuss, in your own words, the theories which have been advanced in the past regarding the formation of coral reefs.
Learn about living organisms, the places they live, and the relationships that occur between them and their environment. This course covers general principles of ecology, that can be applied anywhere on our planet.
Develop a foundation for understanding how the world functions, or for a career in environmental sciences, applied biology or land based industries.

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Ecology, Environment Sustainability, Conservation