Diploma in Ecology Studies - Revised

Environmental Studies
Free Course
Learn about the main ecological principles and practices in conservation, natural resource management, forestry, agriculture and fisheries. You will also learn about the negative role human activities are having on the world's habitats through deforestation, soil degradation, and environmental pollution.
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  • Duration

    6-10 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive





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The Diploma in Ecology begins by introducing you to the four levels of biological organization - organismal, population, community, and ecosystem. The course then reviews aspects of biogeography and the abiotic factors that affect their distribution.

Next, the eight major terrestrial biomes are presented and their various characteristics and the effects of industrialization, destructive harvesting and over-fishing has on them are explained.

The course then reviews the main factors in relation to conceptual models, analytical models and simulation models. You will learn how mineral nutrients are cycled through ecosystems and it focuses on the interconnected cycles of water, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulphur. The main threats to biodiversity are also covered, including human population growth and unsustainable resource use, and habitat loss through deforestation, damming of rivers, and other activities.

Finally, the course reviews the legislative framework for biodiversity protection and the cataloging of the planet’s biodiversity using methods such as DNA barcoding and information processing. You will also be introduced to the science of island biogeography and how it has informed the optimal design and layout of conservation preserves and how they are used for biodiversity protection.

This course will be of great interest to professionals working in the ecology, environment and conservation sectors, and to any learner who would like to learn more about understanding ecosystems and the environment, including concepts of population and community ecology, biodiversity and sustainability.

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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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