: Norman T-Lon LIM (Email: email@example.com)
Academic Unit : 3 AU
Availability : Semester 2
Pre-requisites : BS1001 Introductory Biology
CY1001 Introductory Biology
Type : BS-Major-PE, BMS-Major-
Language of Instruction : English
Hours : Lectures: 27 hours;
Tutorials: 12 hours
To learn concepts, techniques and mathematical
assumptions involved in the study and sampling of natural populations. To learn the various special interaction mechanisms and
regulatory processes in natural populations.
This course covers concepts in population ecology, community
ecology, and applied ecology.
ecology: demography, population growth and dynamics, life history strategies.
ecology: competition, predation, trophic interactions, community diversity,
organisation over space and time.
ecology: biological resource management and conservation.
After successful completion
this course, the student will be able
1. Describe the population parameters and
construct a demographic life table;
2. Estimate population densities using the capture-recapture
method, and identify the various population growth forms;
ecological interactions (such as competition and predation) and explain
distributions of natural populations in light of concepts like island
biogeography and optimal foraging theory; and
4. Discuss applied aspects of population and
community ecology that are applicable to biological resource management and
Students will be assessed by:
Final 2-hour written examination (60%):
Practical group oral presentation and written report
Individual practical test (15%):
T.M., and R.L. Smith. 2012. Elements of Ecology, 8th Edition. Pearson
Cain, M.L., W.D. Bowman,
and S.D. Hacker. 2011. Ecology, 2nd
Edition, Sinauer Associates. (QH541.E19EC 2011)