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BLGY3133 Advanced Topics in Ecology

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Simon Goodman

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23


BLGY2155Population, Community and Conservation Ecology

Module replaces

BLGY 3130

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will cover recent developments in ecological research. The module will consist of subunits, each taught by a researcher intimately involved with the research developments being discussed. As such, it will provide students not only with detailed understanding of key recent developments in ecology, but also with insights into the process of scientific research.


On completion of this module, students should be familiar with a subset of current research topics in ecology, as taught by those active in the research. This will complement final year project work in emphasising the process of scientific research, the growth of ecological knowledge and the substantial gaps that still remain to be explored.

Students will have developed appreciation of recent developments in key areas of current ecological research. This will both provide direct content-specific learning as well as providing insight into the process of scientific research and the development of knowledge.

Learning outcomes
Students will have developed appreciation of recent developments in key areas of current ecological research together with an appreciation of the skills required to pursue this research and present its conclusions.

Skills outcomes
Students will develop presentation and practical skills in the context of current ecological research.


The module consists of 3 sub-modules, each taught by researchers involved with the research developments being discussed. The topics available are:
Sub-module A - Disease ecology and conservation;
Sub-module B - Macroecology;
Sub-module C – Plant-Herbivore interactions.

Students will be required to read the up to date research literature to advance their knowledge beyond the material presented in the lectures.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours165.00
Total Contact hours35.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Each 5 credit sub-unit has a total weight of 50 hours student effort; 9 hours contact and 41 hours private study.

The recommended allocation of the private study hours for each sub-unit will be given to students in the module manual.

Private study will include:
- preparation for lectures, seminars and practicals;
- preparation of assessed coursework;
- reading of current research literature.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Attendance at lectures, seminars and practicals
- Participation in classroom discussions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essayindividual essay 3,000 words65.00
PresentationGroup presentation (research topic)35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Failure to submit any assessment or make a serious attempt will result in a V code being appended to the final module mark.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/05/2022


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