• SSPL9028
  • Ecology

  • Credits (ECTS): 5
  • Spatial Planning and Transport

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Module Description

The module divides into three components. The first is to introduce the students to fundamental scientific concepts in the areas of living things and the non-living parameters around them. The second describes the effects of human beings and their activities on natural systems. The third component explores emerging issues.

Module Aims

This module provides a awareness and understanding of various areas of human activity and processes and how these impact on the natural environment. The modules offers a capacity for critical appraisal of actions and threatening processes, and policies to mitigate impacts on ecological systems

Indicative Syllabus

A critical review of current problems of European ecosystems
Component A: Concepts and theory
Component B: The Irish State of the Environment
Component C: Settlement Patterns
Concepts of nteraction of plants, animals, micro-organisms and mankind
Coping with climate change
Creating new habitats and repairing damage
Critical awareness of current issues in Irish coastal, estuarine and marine habitats
Current conventions used in scientific terminology and units of measurement
Current issues of diversity and stability, bio-diversity and habitat loss
Current problems arising from the chemistry of waste water and municipal solid waste
Current research on the effects of agriculture, tourism, forestry, extraction and mining
Current state of the Irish environment
Ecotoxicology - poisons in our environment. Emissions, farm chemicals, food quality,genetically modified organisms
Emerging research on global warming and ozone depletion
Energy generation & Transmission
Engineering Solutions and Pollution
Field trip
Issues currently affecting properties of soil and water quality
Measuring the effects - specialist tools for baseline studies and biological indicators
Nature conservation and habitat protection
Principles of habitat management
Renewable energy sources in the countryside
Solid Waste Disposal/Treatment
Theories of ecosystems as dynamic processes of growth and decline
Urbanisation and rural settlement patterns
Water Supply

ISCED:0522: Natural Environments/Wildlife
Total Contact Teaching Hours:24
Class Size:40

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