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 major for the BSc and BSc(Tech). Ecology and Biodiversity may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
To complete a major in Ecology and Biodiversity, students must take BIOEB101 and BIOEB102. At 200 level students must take BIOEB201, BIOEB202, BIOEB203, and BIOEB204. At 300 level students must take 45 points from BIOEB301, BIOEB302, BIOEB303, BIOEB304, BIOEB305, BIOEB306 and BIOEB307.
To complete a second major in Ecology and Biodiversity, students must take BIOEB101 and BIOEB102. At 200 level students must take BIOEB201, BIOEB202, BIOEB203, and BIOEB204. At 300 level students must take 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)
- 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.
List A papers are: BIOEB501, BIOEB502, BIOEB503, BIOEB504, BIOEN505 and BIOEB506.
List B papers are: BIOMO503, BIOMO512, EARTH502, ENVSC502, ENVSC504, ENVSC505, PSYCH538, PSYCH559, PSYCH561, SCIEN511 and SCIEN512.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location BIOEB101 Concepts of Biology 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 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. RPLCR101 Recognition of Prior Learning in First-year Biology 1 20A (Hamilton) This paper offers the opportunity to apply of recognition of prior learning for the first-year biology curriculum: specifically, for the equivalent of BIOMO101 and part of BIOEB101. RPLCR102 Recognition of Prior Learning in First-year Biology 2 20B (Hamilton) This paper offers the opportunity to apply for recognition of prior learning for the first-year biology curriculum: specifically, for the equivalent of BIOMO101 and part of BIOEB101.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location BIOEB200 Behavioural Ecology & Conservation 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 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 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 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 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 Occurrence / Location BIOEB301 Advanced Animal Behaviour 20B (Hamilton) This paper examines the development, causation, function and evolutionary history of vertebrate and invertebrate behaviour. It applies behavioural information to conservation biology and animal welfare. BIOEB302 Advanced Zoology 20B (Hamilton) An examination of the evolutionary biology of animals, including structure, function and evolutionary adaptation of selected invertebrates and vertebrates. BIOEB303 Terrestrial Ecology 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 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 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 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 Occurrence / Location BIOEB501 Applications of Animal Behaviour 20B (Hamilton) This paper provides an understanding of contemporary approaches to the science of Animal Behaviour and the practical application of scientific knowledge to resolving contemporary issues in ecology. BIOEB502 Key Concepts in Evolution and Systematics 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 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 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 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 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. BIOL591 Dissertation 20X (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. BIOL592 Dissertation 20X (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. BIOL593 Biological Sciences Thesis 20X (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. BIOL594 Biological Sciences Thesis 20X (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. BIOL595 Biological Sciences Thesis 20X (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. BIOMO503 Microbiomes 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 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. CHEMY503 Analytical Methodology 20A (Hamilton) An advanced study of analytical methodology and instrumental techniques, this will investigate sample extraction techniques, and instrument choice for a variety of sample matrices. EARTH501 Volcanic Techniques and Applications 20A (Hamilton) This paper investigates geological techniques used to reconstruct eruption processes and histories, and their application to society, including volcanic facies analysis, tephra studies (tephrochronology), volcanic glass and mineral studies, juvenile and lithic studies, and volcanic hazards. EARTH502 Land and Soil: Resources and Risks 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. ... EARTH503 Coastal Processes: Analysis and Prediction 20A (Hamilton) This paper considers techniques to predict coastal processes for management and research, including assessment of which processes to observe, how to obtain and analyse data, and using results for prediction. EARTH504 Geohazard Risk 20B (Hamilton) This seminar paper evaluates the methodologies used to characterise risk associated with geohazards, and assesses the impact of strategies employed to avoid or mitigate this risk. ENVSC502 Conservation and Restoration: Theory and Practice 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 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 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 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online) This paper provides a depth of coverage on applying behaviour principles to interventions in applied settings. The objective is to examine and critique recent applications of the methods and theories of behaviour analysis in a range of settings to both prevent and change problems. PSYCH561 Behaviour Analysis: Concepts and Principles 20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online) This paper covers theory and research in several selected areas relevant to the understanding of behaviour and provides students with a) an understanding of the theoretical/conceptual principles underlining the research, b) the ability to examine and critique research in the area and c) an understanding of how theories, techniques ... SCIEN511 Scientific Supercomputing 20B (Hamilton) A practical introduction to undertaking scientific research on a supercomputer. The paper assumes no prior knowledge. SCIEN512 Data analysis and experimental design 20A (Hamilton) This paper covers aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of scientific data using modern statistical techniques. SCIEN589 Directed Study 20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga) No description available. SCIEN592 Dissertation 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. SCIEN593 Thesis 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. SCIEN594 Thesis 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location BIOL800 Biological Sciences MPhil Thesis 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga) No description available.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location BIOL900 Biological Sciences PhD Thesis 20I (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga) No description available.
2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 3 September 2019 10:51am