AD2031: Ecology and Applied Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
Teaching Methods: 60hr(s) Directed Study (drected learning with online programme materials and video lectures); 24hr(s) Directed Study (online moderated activities - personal online tutoring and online group discussions); 65hr(s) Other (self-directed reading and reflective practice)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To introduce ecological processes and systems. To introduce key concepts, principles and theory of GIS and its practical application with environmental and societal data.
Module Content: Ecology: niche, competition, tolerance, energy flow, Biomes; Biodiversity, Conservation biogeography. Marine and Forestry Environments as case studies of coastal and forest communities. Practical exercises to introduce students to spatial data, data sources and their application.
Teaching links to SDGs 4, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Explain how chemical and biological stresses limit the distribution of organisms.
  • Compare primary and secondary succession.
  • Define the structure of an energy pyramid.
  • Outline biogeochemical cycles.
  • Perform basic spatial analysis on a range of social and environmental topics.
  • Outline the importance of oceans and forest systems and functioning to people.
  • Assess the key principle theories and practices in conservation biogeography.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 2,000 word Portfolio (Ecology and Conservation based), 100 marks; GIS Practical, 80 marks; Online Participation Activities, 20 marks.).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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