BIOL420-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Terrestrial Ecology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course covers current advances in terrestrial ecology with a focus on population and species ecology. It covers species interactions, such as herbivory, pollination, seed dispersal, and epidemics. Examples concentrate on interactions among vascular plants (trees and shrubs), vertebrate and invertebrate animals, and pathogens, and interactions of those species with the physical environment.

This Terrestrial, population/species oriented course complements existing habitat-based
courses in Freshwater Ecology (Biol 425) and Marine Biology and Ecology (Biol 428). It also has a
population-level focus which complements the existing Community Ecology (Biol 424).

Recommended preparatory course(s): BIOL378

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:
 have a critical appreciation of current questions and approaches in terrestrial ecology
(assessment task: internal assessment).
 understand how interactions between species affect ecological processes (task: seminar).
 Appreciate the roles of observational, experimental and comparative evidence in answering
ecological questions (assessment task: final exam).
 The ability to access, synthesise and critically assess primary scientific literature on topics in
terrestrial ecology (Assessment task: final exam).
 Synthesise primary scientific literature in order to generate a clear and concise argument in
support of a perspective (assessment task: final exam).

Transferable Skills Register / Pūkenga Ngaio
As a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:
 Discovery, interpretation and synthesis of information. (GP1)
 Evaluation of arguments and evidence, and debating alternative points of view. (GP2)
 Presenting arguments in a cogent and reasoned way. (GP2)
 Engaging in science and technology issues with a broader understanding of their social
context, and of New Zealand’s global position. (GP5)
GP1-5 refer to Graduate Profile attributes: (1) Critically competent in a core academic discipline
of their degree; (2) employable, innovative and enterprising; (3) biculturally competent and
confident; (4) engaged with the community; and (5) globally aware.


Subject to approval of the Head of School. RP: BIOL378 Population Ecology and Conservation



Recommended Preparation

BIOL378 Population Ecology and Conservation

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 441
19 Jul - 25 Jul
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Eng Core 129 Meeting Room
26 Jul - 1 Aug
9 Aug - 29 Aug
20 Sep - 26 Sep
4 Oct - 10 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Dave Kelly


Hazel Chapman , Ian Dickie and Matthew Turnbull


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 25% Tentatively due first week of term 4, Friday 17 September.
Final exam 75%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,066.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences .

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  • BIOL420-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021