Diploma in Ecology Studies | Alison

Diploma in Ecology Studies - Revised

Learn how plants and animals interact with each other and their environment with this free online ecology course.

Environmental Studies
Free Course
This free online course in ecology studies will give you an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices in ecology and biogeography, as well as the role humans play in influencing today's rapidly changing natural world. Ecology is the study of the interactions of living things with their environment, while biogeography examines the geographic distribution of living things and the abiotic factors that affect their distribution.
  • Duration

    6-10 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive






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This course will first introduce you to ecology and biogeography. You will study terrestrial and aquatic biomes, the effects of global climate change and the patterns of population distribution. The course will also discuss the regulation and dynamics of population growth in relation to the capacity of habitats in the wild. You will then look into the relationships between species, as well as the movement and migration patterns of different animal species.

Next, you will look at the different types of ecosystems and their environments. The course will discuss how energy flows through ecosystems and how ecological pyramids provide vital information about ecosystem structures. You will also study biogeochemical cycles and crises, as well as learn how biodiversity functions. You will then study the importance of biodiversity and the factors that are affecting it. Finally, the course will guide you through the legislative framework for biodiversity protection and show you how conservation preserves are a major tool in biodiversity protection.

Understanding the relationships between living organisms, including humans, and their physical environment can teach us how to better adapt to the world we live in. By the end of this course, you will have a much stronger understanding of ecosystems, the biotic components of living species, and the abiotic components of nonliving portions such as air, water, and soil of the environment. These are truly vital knowledge sets for the future of our planet and the species that live here.

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Introduction To Ecology and Biogeography

Introduction To Terrestrial and Aquatic and Biomes

The Effects Of Global Climate Change

Patterns Of Population Distribution

Regulation and Dynamics Of Population Growth

Relationships Between Species

Diploma in Ecology Studies - First Assessment

Ecology Of Ecosystems

Energy Flow Through Ecosystems

Biogeochemical Cycles

The Biodiversity Crisis

Importance Of Biodiversity

Preserving Biodiversity

Diploma in Ecology Studies - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Define ecology and the four levels of ecological research
  • Distinguish between abiotic and biotic components of the environment
  • Recognize the relationship between components of the environment - Define global climate change
  • Explain the effects of the Industrial Revolution on atmospheric carbon dioxide levels
  • List the three different patterns of population distribution


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