BIOS1301 - Ecology and Sustainability

Centennial Field Trip

BIOS1301 - Ecology and Sustainability provides an introduction to ecology, sustainability and environmental science, introducing a range of biological topics and how scientists approach these topics to solve problems.

The course develops student skills in critically assessing scientific information, routinely debated by the public and decision-makers. It provides a strong grounding in today's and tomorrow’s environmental problems and the role of science in providing solutions.

BIOS1301 is offered in Session 1. The next offering is 2017.

6 units of credit

Hours per week: 3 Lectures, 3 hours practical (however, in some weeks the practical will run as an optional 1 hour discussion session for material revision).

Number of weeks: 12.

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 Who should I contact?

Coordinator: Professor Richard Kingsford

Assistant Coordinator: Hayley Bates

What does this course cover?

Major topics covered:

  • Sustainability
  • Life’s fundamental processes
  • Biodiversity and landscape processes
  • Disturbance Ecology and impacts of threats
  • Management of ecosystems within the context of ecologically sustainable development

For more information, see the course outline.

Where does this course fit into my degree?

This is a Stage 1 course. It will equip you for a number of different courses in Environmental Science and other courses in the University. This course encourages critical thought, and provides a fundamental base for those wishing to specialize as an environmental scientist, ecologist, marine biologist or a river scientist. It also complements non-science degrees as an elective since environmental issues are ubiquitous in modern society.

Is there assumed prior knowledge or a co-requisite?

None. No background in biology is assumed.

Are there mandatory activities for this course?

Practicals run in weeks 3, 4, 5 and 6. For each of these weeks, you must attend one practical session: Tuesday 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, Thursday 10am-1pm, or 2pm-5pm (you must attend the same time slot for every practical). Attendance to practicals is marked. You must bring your BIOS 1301 Ecology and Sustainability Manual to all practicals. You must also wear closed-toed shoes and a laboratory coat.

The fifth practical is a self-guided tour of the zoo which you can complete at any time. The zoo practical incurs a cost ($36.00 for concession).

There is also a library tutorial on Moodle that can be completed any time.

Is there anything else I should know?

Practicals are mandatory- an attendance record above 80% is required to pass the course. Attendance to lectures and practicals is important. Please respect other students and the lecturers by behaving appropriately and by turning off your mobile phones during lectures, practicals, and tutorials.

There are four field trips that take place throughout the semester, during the practical classes (Randwick Environment Park, Centennial Park, Taronga Zoo and the Australian Museum).

Your practical manual will be marked and comprises an assessment.

Practicals are not run every week, so check your time table. In weeks without a practical, a one-hour tutorial will run.

There is a final exam (45%) for this course. The exam is scheduled for the exam period.

I took this course a while ago, and need proof of what was covered.

2016 course outline

2015 course outline

2014 course outline

NB: All information provided on this page is superseded by information provided by the course coordinator or lecturer(s).