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Country - Partner Institution - Programs: South Africa - University of Cape Town - 'Univ. of Cape Town'
UC Course SubjectBiological Sciences
Environmental Studies
Number & Suffix: 117
Transcript Title: ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY 
UC QTR Units - Division: 12.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course includes a residential two week field study, occurring before the term starts. During the term further lectures and various assignments are completed. The course focuses on terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, especially of Africa. Lectures take place mainly on a field camp where there is ample opportunity for practicals and individual projects. Typical practicals concern the distribution and impact of small mammals and large herbivores, succession between fynbos and forest, the role of soil water on ecosystem attributes and freshwater vlei and river dynamics. The course begins with an introduction to ecosystem ecology and the role of abiotic factors (such as nutrients, fire and water) and biotic factors (such as predation). The issue of scale, both spatial (from metres to kilometres) and temporal (for days to millennia) is considered as is the issue of scaling and scaling-up in ecosystem ecology. Trophic ecology, the causes and consequences of the elimination of predators is discussed, with examples from Africa. Besides developing field work skills in ecosystem ecology, students also develop modelling skills including simple demographic and succession models. Finally, the dynamics, management and conservation of Africa's terrestrial and freshwater resources are studied. Assessment: practicals, project based on field trip data collection, class test and seminars (50%); one two hour theory examination and one two hour practical (25% each). 
Language of Instruction: English
Partner University Department: Biological Sciences 
Partner University Course Number: BIO3015F