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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY5118M Population Dynamics

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Maria Beger

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should have an understanding of the theory describing changes in population size in animals and plants and be trained in techniques for the estimation of population sizes and the description of factors influencing population sizes.

They should be able to contribute to the planning and execution of studies on the population status of target species and make informed contributions to management discussions.

Skills outcomes
Practical classes will provide opportunities to participate in group work.


- Dynamics of single species populations
- Diagnosing drivers of population change in rare, pest and exploited species
- Dynamics of metapopulations.
- Case studies of selected species.
- Population modelling and projection.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours86.00
Total Contact hours14.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Review of lecture material, completion of coursework, study of key research papers and texts, working through case studies

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Attendance at practical classes
- Completion of in-course assessments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical Reportpractical write-up and problem solving50.00
ReportScience for policy report: on topics covered in the module50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/03/2022


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