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Diploma in Ecology and Ecological Interactions

Learn about the essential concepts of an ecosystem, behavior ecology, species abundance and ecological interactions.

Life Science
Free Course
This free online course on ecology and ecological interactions will help you learn about evolution and ecology. The course will introduce you to the essential concepts of an ecosystem, behaviour ecology, the levels of organization in the biological world, including species abundance and distribution. You will then be introduced to the process of food chains, food webs, trophic levels, nutrient cycle and behavioural ecology in greater detail.
  • Duration

    10-15 Hours
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Mobile Friendly

    Yes
  • Publisher

    NPTEL
  • Accreditation

    CPD

Description

Modules

Outcome

Certification

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Description

In this free online course on ecology and ecological interactions, you will be introduced to evolution and ecology. The course will introduce the learner to some of the interactions that are driving the abundance and distribution of individual animals. You will study the essential concepts of an ecosystem, behavioral ecology, as well as species abundance and distribution. It will then discuss the role of fitness in evolution. With this, you will look at the emergent principle, the levels of organization in the biological world, and measures of biodiversity.

Then, the course will help you learn about ecological interactions. You will understand the difference between intraspecific and interspecific synergies. Along with this, you will explore the differences between exploitative competition and interference competition. The course then describes the different kinds of behavioural ecologies such as foraging behaviour and anti-predator behaviour. You will also study primary production, the efficiency of production, and the biogeochemical cycle in greater detail. At the end of this course, you will explore the idea of nitrogen fixation and ammonification.

This free online course will be of great benefit to those with an interest in learning about or working in the area of ecology and ecological interactions. So, why wait? Start the course today and by the end of this course, you will gain some valuable knowledge on ecology and ecological interactions.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:


  • Describe the historical overview of ecology
  • Explain the fundamental concepts of adaptation, genetic and genetic change
  • Discuss the three levels of organizations and Simon’s hierarchical principle
  • Distinguish the essential concepts of an ecosystem, biogeography evolution and the modern population
  • Define the differences between genetic biodiversity and ecosystem biodiversity
  • Explain the concept of ecological interactions
  • Distinguish the difference between intraspecific and interspecific synergies
  • Discuss parasitism, predation, amensalism, and cannibalism in detail
  • Describe the idea of behavioural ecology
  • Discuss primary production and the importance of primary production

Certification

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