Postgraduate Course: Ecosystem Health and Sustainability (BIME11032)
|School||School of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will use a thematic approach to understanding the major issues in ecosystem health and sustainability, presenting relevant examples to illustrate the major problems and how solutions to these can be achieved.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Online Activities 50,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities will constitute 40% of their overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme.
|No Exam Information
| At the end of this course, students should be able to:
&· Understand the complex relationships between human and wildlife populations and the ecosystems in which they live.
&· Understand the link between ecosystem health and human well-being.
&· Give examples of services provided by ecosystems, and their importance to human well-being.
&· Discuss the current threats to ecosystem health worldwide, and understand the complex mix of drivers creating these.
&· Identify those ecosystems most at risk of degradation.
&· Predict the impact(s) on human and wildlife populations of continued ecosystem degradation.
&· Define the term sustainability in relation to ecosystem services.
&· Give examples of non-sustainable practices and predict what their long-term impact may be.
&· Understand the features of good practice in the sustainable use of resources.
&· Assess the relative merits and likely success of new technologies being developed to improve sustainability.
&· Assess the sustainability of their current lifestyle and give examples of how this could be improved.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Sharron Ogle
|Course secretary||Miss Lauren Sandford
Tel: (0131 6)51 5470
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