BIO395: Species and their Relationships: Dinosaurs to DNA - FIELD MODULEThis course covers taxonomic and systematic research - the principles of identifying species, species concepts, and organisation of those species into evolutionary hypotheses of relationships. In addition to the fieldcourse, there will be an assessed notebook and short presentation delivered in Canada, and a series of coursework assignments and lectures to be completed during the semester.
BIO392: Savannah Ecology and Conservation - FIELD MODULEThe module is designed to provide you with first-hand experience of ecological processes, biodiversity and conservation issues associated with African Savannah. The module teaches conservation issues that impact African wildlife, human wildlife conflicts and discusses the drivers of one of the worlds most magnificent ecosystems. It is based on the flanks of Kruger National Park in South Africa and an excursions into the park itself offers unparalleled examples of top down and bottom up controls on African savannah ecology.
BIO234: Ecological Interactions 1TIn this module you will obtain knowledge of basic ecological principles and learn to integrate theory with empirical observations. You will develop understanding of (i) distribution, growth and regulation of single species populations; (ii) interacting species pairs such as competition, predation, herbivory, parasitism; and (iii) structure and dynamics of multitrophic systems such as food webs, ecological communities and ecosystems. The topics will also cover spatial aspect of ecological systems in the metapopulation and metacommunity context, highlighting relationships between biodiversity, stability and ecosystem function. The module includes lectures, a workshop, and one in-class assessment.
BIO113: EvolutionThis module covers the essentials of evolutionary biology. We introduces the theory and mechanisms of evolution and speciation, discuss the fossil record, human evolution, sexual selection, systematics, co-evolution and introduce population genetics concepts including selection, gene flow, mutation, hybrid zones and speciation.
BIO163: GeneticsThis module covers the essentials of genetics. We introduces the structure and function of DNA, RNA and proteins and the related cellular activities. We also examine topics such as epigentics, genomic structure and function, mendelian inheritance and the evolution of genomes
SBC M004: Ecosystem Structure and FunctionThis module aims to redress the balance by exploring the use of modern tools which allow us to thoroughly integrate measures of ecological structure and functioning. An advanced appreciation of food-webs and ecological theory will be explored as well as the frontier science of microbial ecology. The threat to oxygen and the impacts of invasive species; aquatic-terrestrial linkages and cross ecosystem boundary subsidies; biogeochemistry and nutrient dynamics; plankton dynamics and organismal physiology in a changing world will also be covered. Several aspects of theoretical and ecological predictive tools will be explored, along with contemporary biogeochemical approaches and molecular techniques, such as metabarcoding and eDNA,are covered in relation to understanding the structure and function of ecosystems.