Species live in populations. In order to understand how species survive in a changing world we need to understand their populations. The course gives a foundation in population ecology and genetics that is essential for conservation, restoration and invasive species management. You will develop field skills used to quantify populations and how they change, and learn key aspects of population genetics relevant to molecular ecology. You'll gain an understanding of population dynamics and develop skills in the analysis and interpretation of data in the study of population ecology and genetics and genomics.
|Learning materials – pre-recorded videos of learning content and instructions will be available online via media site||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Laboratory 1 – Self paced weekly tutorials to reinforce concepts and to learn analysis methods and data interpretation undertaken in computer laboratory||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
300 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Summarise, analyse and interpret population ecology and genetics data||
Creative and critical thinker
|2||Calculate estimates of population growth||
|3||Understand and apply the key concepts in population ecology and population genetics||
|4||Apply population ecology and genetics concepts to conservation and restoration issues||
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
ENS221 or ANM203 or SCI212
Will have undertaken some scientific writing and data analysis at second year level
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Students will be provided early feedback during class attendance at the computer laboratory sessions the completion of the allotted tasks and worksheet is then submitted each week one week after completion to be marked these are returned the following week. The marks combined make up the assessment task 2
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Literature Review (or component)||Individual||30%||
|Week 9||Online Submission|
|All||2||Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece||Individual||20%||
100 x 10
|Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||In Class|
|All||3||Examination - Centrally Scheduled||Individual||50%||
|Exam Period||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Literature review|
This task is designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of population ecology and or genetics/genomics and develop scientific writing, interpretation, analysis and presentation skills
|Product:||Literature Review (or component)|
Each student is required to write a literature review presented in scientific format. A set of potential topics will be supplied and students will have choice in which they select to review. Instructions and supporting materials will be provided
|All - Assessment Task 2:Tutorial questions|
The tutorial question series allows you to review and apply practicalaspects ofpopulation ecology and genetic and reinforce materials covered within the course in an applied contexts
|Product:||Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece|
Students to complete tutorial data analysis exercises and answer tutorial questions. To be submitted one week after tutorial completion. Each tutorial submission is of equal weighting and combined will result in 20% of the total marks. The specific tutorials to be submitted will be identified on Canvas and tutorial notes will be available on Canvas Submit: week 1 to week 12 as specified
|All - Assessment Task 3:Exam|
Enable students to demonstrate understanding of theoretical concepts in population ecology and genetics, undertake analysis, interpretation and synthesis of population ecology and genetics data and apply this to specific scenarios.
|Product:||Examination - Centrally Scheduled|
Each student will be examined based on material covered in lectures and tutorials for the course and the exam will be held in the normal examination period. The exam will contain short answer questions, data analysis and interpretation and an essay question.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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