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Introduction to Ecology - Revised

Environmental Studies
Free Course
The course Introduction to Ecology will be of great interest to anyone who would like to learn more about ecological diversity and the distribution of organisms in the global ecosystem around them or those who are concerned about their impact on the environment. The course will also be of great interest to those who simply want to learn more about building a sustainable existence on this planet.
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  • Duration

    2-3 Hours
  • Assessment

    Yes
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Responsive

    Yes

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Outcome

Certification

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Description

The course Introduction to Ecology introduces you to ecology and biogeography with a focus on the distribution of plant and animal species and their impact on the terrestrial environment. The course also reviews how to differentiate between ecological patterns and processes at different scales and levels of biological organisation.

Next, the course shows you how to identify and recognize the distinguishing characteristics of terrestrial and aquatic biomes and what controls animal and plant distribution, abundance and biodiversity. The course describes how plants and animals absorb energy and nutrients from the ecosystem around them as well as how species interact with each other.

Finally, the course covers climate and the effects of global climate change. You will learn about the interaction between humans, animals and the environment with specific reference to the effects of modern technological advances. You will gain an understanding of the role ecology plays in conservation, wetland and natural resource management, forestry, agriculture and fisheries, as well as the climatological challenges faced by society.

The course will be ideal for professionals working in the area of biology, ecology or environmental science, for students who wish to pursue a career in the sciences, or for those who simply want to learn more about building a sustainable existence on this planet.

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:


  • Define ecology and the four levels of ecological research.
  • Recognize the relationship between components of the environment.
  • Recognize distinguishing characteristics of each of the major terrestrial biomes.
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of the ocean zones.
  • Define global climate change.
  • Describe three natural factors affecting long-term global climate
  • List greenhouse gases and describe their role in the greenhouse effect.

Certification

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