Introduction to Ecology - Self Study Course
We have designed this course to give you foundation knowledge of ecological principles and it covers a range of useful topics needed for ecology careers including consultancy and conservation. You will be guided to further reading and, where relevant, will get suitable web links to explore. At the end of each module are quiz questions for you to complete.
- Module 1 What is Ecology?
- Module 2 Diversity and Classification
- Module 3 Abiotic Interactions and World Ecosystems
- Module 4 Biotic Interactions and Behavioural Ecology
- Module 5 Evolution and Genetics
- Module 6 Population Ecology
- Module 7 Habitats and Communities
- Module 8 Species and Habitat Conservation
- Module 9 History of the British Countryside
- Module 10 Surveying and Habitat Management
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"A thought provoking and enjoyable course."
Who is the course aimed at?
- People who want to pursue a career in ecological consultancy or conservation.
- People who want a better understanding of ecological principles.
- People interested in a career in ecology who have a degree in a non-relevant subject (e.g. Geography).
- People who have a relevant degree but have not studied recently and need a refresher course.
Course format: The 10 self-study modules will be sent out via e-mail on a weekly basis from the time that you enrol (you can enrol at any time), so that you can read through the content in your own time. To further enhance your knowledge and learning experience there will be some directed reading for each module (it is essential you complete this to ensure you get the most out of the course), as well as some quiz questions so that you can test yourself. At the end there will be a short quiz which you will send to us to be marked and then you will be issued with a certificate of attendance.
Time commitment: The 10 self-study modules are sent out on a weekly basis and you are also given an additional 4 weeks to complete the course (although extra time can be given if requested). We advise students to allow 2-4 hours per week to complete each module and to read around the subject.
Learning outcomes: By the end of the course you will have an awareness of the scientific principles in ecology including biotic and abiotic factors affecting individuals and communities, genetics, speciation, population ecology, communities, ecosystems, conservation, landscape history in the UK, site surveying and habitat management for specific species. You will gain a wider knowledge on the subject that will help equip you for jobs in the conservation and ecology sectors.
Core text: Mackenzie, A., Ball, S. and Virdee, S.R. 2001 Instant Notes - Ecology, Bios
We strongly recommend that you purchase this as soon as you enrol. Available to buy from our Book Shop.
Price: The course costs £137 (inc. VAT). This does not include the price of the core text.
How to book: You can book on-line here. Alternatively, if you are a company, you can complete our simple online invoice-request form (click here).
Once you have booked, we will e-mail you to confirm that your booking has been received and you will then be able to start the course.