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BL2307 Ecology

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:Lectures: 11.00 am Thu, Fri (odd weeks) 11.00 am Wed, Thu, Fri (even weeks) Practicals: 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm Thu or Fri (weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10)

This module introduces basic concepts in population and community ecology and how they relate to biodiversity. It provides an understanding of fundamental ecological concepts including population regulation, intra- and inter-specific competition, species niche as well as taxonomic and functional diversity. This module is suitable for all Biologists and environmental scientists. Although it is an introductory module, it will cover the latest developments in the field of ecology.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Behavioural Biology, Ecology & Conservation, Evolutionary Biology and Marine Biology single honours degrees and MBiol and MMarBiol integrated Masters degrees and Biology and Geology Joint Honours

Optional for all other Biology degrees where timetabling allows.

UG Pre-requisite(s):BL1101 and BL1102
UG Anti-requisite(s):BL2105
UG Modules required for:BL3000, BL3308, BL3309, BL3316, BL3318, BL3319

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:3 x 1-hour in even weeks and 2 x 1-hour in odd weeks, 3-hour practical (x 5 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 39
  • Guided independent study: 111

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:2-Hour Written Examination = 50%, Existing Coursework = 50% (if Exam failed) Existing Examination = 50%, New Coursework = 50% (if Coursework failed) 2-hour Written Examination = 100% (if coursework and exam failed) 2-hour Written Examination = 100% (for Qualified Honours Entry)


Module coordinator:Prof O Gaggiotti
Module teaching staff:Team taught