Ecology and Biodiversity (2020)
In studying Ecology and Biodiversity you'll learn about the distribution, abundance, and biology of organisms and their role in New Zealand's most important ecosystems.
Ecology and Biodiversity is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech)). Ecology and Biodiversity may also be taken as a second major or minor, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.
To complete a major in Ecology and Biodiversity, students must take BIOEB101, BIOEB102, BIOEB201, BIOEB202, BIOEB203, BIOEB204, and 45 points from BIOEB301, BIOEB302, BIOEB303, BIOEB304, BIOEB305, BIOEB306 and BIOEB307.
To complete Ecology and Biodiversity as part of a double major, students must take BIOEB101, BIOEB102, BIOEB201, BIOEB202, BIOEB203, BIOEB204, and 30 points from BIOEB301, BIOEB302, BIOEB303, BIOEB304, BIOEB305, BIOEB306 and BIOEB307.
To complete a minor in Ecology and Biodiversity, students must take BIOEB102 and 45 points above 100 level taken from the papers listed below, including at least 15 points at 200 level and 15 points at 300 level.
Prospective MSc candidates should discuss their 300 level papers with the Postgraduate Convenor in order to ensure that a suitable number and combination of papers are taken.
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- Prescriptions for the GradCert(Eco&Biod) and GradDip(Eco&Biod)
- Prescriptions for the PGCert(Eco&Biod), PGDip(Eco&Biod), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc(Res) and MSc(Tech)
- Prescriptions for the MPhil
- Prescriptions for the PhD
- 100 Level
- 200 Level
- 300 Level
- 500 Level
- 800 Level
- 900 Level
Prescriptions for the GradCert(Eco&Biod) and GradDip(Eco&Biod)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Ecology and Biodiversity at an advanced level in their first degree.
For further details, contact the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(Eco&Biod), PGDip(Eco&Biod), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc(Res) and MSc(Tech)
To complete a postgraduate subject in Ecology and Biodiversity, students must complete a minimum of 60 points of taught papers at 500 level, including at least 30 points with an BIOEB prefix from the papers in List A, and a maximum of 30 points from the papers in List B. They must also complete any research requirement for their degree, typically SCIEN592 (60 points), SCIEN593 (90 points) or SCIEN594 (120 points), as well as any other degree requirements. Candidates should select their papers in consultation with the Postgraduate Convenor.
Prescriptions for the MPhil
The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location BIOEB101 Concepts of Biology 15.0 20A (Hamilton) An introduction to the foundations of biology, including the structure and functioning of cells, evolution, the origins and diversity of life, and a tour of the major forms of life and their defining characteristics. BIOEB102 Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity 15.0 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga) An introduction to the principles of ecology and biodiversity. Topics include population, community and ecosystem ecology, conservation biology, and the structure, functioning and environmental responses of animals and plants. Examples will include New Zealand ecosystems and biota.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location BIOEB200 Behavioural Ecology & Conservation 15.0 20B (Hamilton) The paper provides an introduction to the principles and concepts of behavioural ecology, and to the application of these to case studies in conservation biology in New Zealand. BIOEB201 Principles of Evolution 15.0 20A (Hamilton) This paper examines the evolution and diversity of life. Topics include the history and philosophy of evolutionary thought, discussion of the mechanisms of evolution, present-day evidence of evolution in animals and plants; modern methods of analysing this evidence, and the evolutionary origins of current-day biodiversity. BIOEB202 Principles of Ecology 15.0 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga) This paper covers the principles of ecology, including adaptation to the environment, intra- and inter-specific interactions, community and ecosystem dynamics, and biogeography. Weekend field trips and computer laboratory work are essential elements. BIOEB203 Animal Structure and Function 15.0 20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga) This paper is an integrated theoretical and experimental study of the principles of animal structure and function. Comparative aspects will be emphasised in how animals adapt to their environment. Topics covered include homeostasis, the function of major organ systems, ecophysiology, musculoskeletal design and locomotion. An introd... BIOEB204 Plant Structure and Function 15.0 20B (Hamilton) Plants are key regulators of ecosystem processes, and actively respond to and change their environments. This paper examines how plants have these effects by exploring plant structure, functioning, reproduction and adaptation to different environments. Lectures and laboratory work emphasise New Zealand examples and the identificati...
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location BIOEB301 Advanced Animal Behaviour 15.0 20B (Hamilton) This paper examines the development, causation, function and evolutionary history of vertebrate and invertebrate behaviour. A weekend field trip and an ongoing group research project throughout the trimester allow participants to develop their research skills. BIOEB302 Advanced Zoology 15.0 20B (Hamilton) An examination of the evolutionary biology of animals, including structure, function and evolutionary adaptation of selected invertebrates and vertebrates. BIOEB303 Terrestrial Ecology 15.0 20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga) This paper explores ecological theory to understand the dynamics, functioning, and restoration of terrestrial ecosystems in New Zealand and across the globe. Labs, workshops, and a weekend field trip are core components of this paper. BIOEB304 Freshwater Ecology 15.0 20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga) An introduction to the ecology of lakes and rivers. Topics covered include the structure and function of major freshwater communities, fish and fisheries, human impacts and the management of inland waters. BIOEB305 Marine Ecology 15.0 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga) An introduction to the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. The paper explores the fundamentals of ecology (e.g. disturbance/recovery, recruitment, organism interactions with their environment, nutrient cycles, limits on productivity) in a marine setting. We also cover human impacts on marine environments including fishe... BIOEB307 Advanced Plant Biology 15.0 20B (Hamilton) An introduction to the discipline of plant physiological ecology and the interactions between plants and their environment. Includes an emphasis on practical techniques for measuring plant microclimate, photosynthesis and growth.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location BIOEB501 Applications of Animal Behaviour 15.0 20B (Hamilton) This paper will critically examine key research topics and current issues in Animal behaviour. We learn about key concepts through classic papers in Animal Behaviour and contrast these with current papers to assess how these concepts have developed over time, and how researchers use innovative approaches to address long standing pr... BIOEB502 Key Concepts in Evolution and Systematics 15.0 20A (Hamilton) This paper focuses on fundamental concepts of evolutionary theory and systematics through the exploration of key historical works paired with contemporary research. Topics include microevolution, biogeography, conservation, phylogenetics, and classification. BIOEB503 Terrestrial Ecology 15.0 20A (Hamilton) This paper examines fundamental ecological theory to understand patterns and processes in terrestrial ecosystems and applies these concepts to environmental issues relating to resource management, conservation, restoration, and global change. BIOEB504 Freshwater Ecology 15.0 20A (Hamilton) This paper provides a critical examination of issues that freshwater ecosystems face, e.g., eutrophication, pollution, conservation, and utilisation and explores the research around methods to mitigate potentially competing interests. BIOEB505 Coastal and Estuarine Ecology 15.0 20X (Block) This paper emphasises multi-disciplinary science to better understand the functioning of soft-sediment ecosystems. The course will cover ecological principles through to the impacts associated with human activities and their management. BIOEB506 Environmental Physiology 15.0 20B (Hamilton) An examination of selected topics in environmental physiology, considering how animals and plants interact with their environment and influence ecological processes in natural and managed ecosystems. BIOMO503 Microbiomes 15.0 20A (Hamilton) This paper explores microbiomes in the environment and in association with multicellular organisms, including humans, to understand their critical ecological roles in ecosystem and host function and health. BIOMO512 Molecular Techniques for Environmental Science 15.0 20B (Hamilton) This paper will introduce students of diverse scientific backgrounds to current and emerging molecular analytic and diagnostic techniques used across biological and environmental sciences. EARTH502 Land and Soil: Resources and Risks 15.0 20A (Hamilton) In this paper students initially gain practical experience in large-scale soil mapping and in evaluating land-use capability (LUC) on a research farm. They then examine various issues associated with land use, especially its intensification, including the management of farm dairy effluent, soil degradation, and soil contamination. ... ENVSC502 Conservation and Restoration: Theory and Practice 15.0 20A (Hamilton) This paper examines the application of scientific principles and theories in conservation biology and restoration ecology, with particular reference to New Zealand examples showcasing management of species and ecosystems impacted by human activities. ENVSC504 Pollution and Environmental Contaminants 15.0 20B (Hamilton) This paper examines the ecological effects of chemical and non-chemical pollution. Analysing online databases and the scientific literature provides practical and theoretical understanding of the impacts of pollution and methods to measure such effects. ENVSC505 Environmental Systems: Biogeosciences across Scales 15.0 20B (Hamilton) This paper examines how chemistry, geology and biology are unified for applications in environmental science, considering catchments, interfaces and the earth system in ways relevant to assessment and management. PSYCH538 Applications of Behaviour Analysis 15.0 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online) This paper focuses on the implementation of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in practice. Behavioural interventions and programmes, including common manualised interventions, will be reviewed. The objective is to identify critical components and essential practical skills, and to provide opportunity to practice these skills. Implem... PSYCH561 Behaviour Analysis: Concepts and Principles 15.0 20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online) This course provides an in-depth introduction to the conceptual foundations and core principles of behaviour analysis, including research and theory related to the concepts of reinforcement, extinction, stimulus control, derived stimulus relations, and motivating operations. SCIEN511 Scientific Supercomputing 15.0 20B (Hamilton) A practical introduction to undertaking scientific research on a supercomputer. The paper assumes no prior knowledge. SCIEN512 Data Analysis and Experimental Design 15.0 20A (Hamilton) This paper covers aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of scientific data using modern statistical techniques. SCIEN592 Dissertation 60.0 20I (Hamilton), 20I (Tauranga), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. SCIEN593 Thesis 90.0 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. SCIEN594 Thesis 120.0 20I (Hamilton), 20J (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location BIOL800 Biological Sciences MPhil Thesis 120.0 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga) No description available.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location BIOL900 Biological Sciences PhD Thesis 120.0 20I (Tauranga), 20I1 (Hamilton), 20I3 (Hamilton), 20X (Tauranga), 20X1 (Hamilton) & 20X3 (Hamilton) No description available.
2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 26 February 2021 9:49am