INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY Course Online
Ecology is a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments. With growing focus on the human impact on the environment and concerns about global warming, there's an increased interest in the field of ecology. Organisms can impact the areas in which they live and, conversely, the areas in which they live can affect the organisms. Ecology is the study of the causes and effects that take place between the two.
This course is recommended as a starting point for anyone wanting to learn more about the environment.
Study this course along with enviromental studies, landscape restoration, earth science or water conservation and management to obtain a well rounded knowledge of enviromental matters and increase your chances for rewarding employment where you can 'make a difference'
Attractive discounts apply for multiple course pathways (see our 'discounts and payment plan' page).
There are 7 lessons in this course:
- Ecosystems & Populations
- Components of an ecosystem, Biomes, Detrital & grazing webs, trophic levels, energy flows etc
- The Development Of Life
- Lifespans, Natural selection, Genetics, Understanding arguments for and against theory of evolution, etc
- Animals, Parasites & Endangered Species
- Comparative anatomy, how animals fit in ecosystems, animals in the human community, parasites, etc
- Fungi, Tundra, Rainforests & Marshlands
- Physiology, anatomy, classification and ecology of fungi; Location, the climate, the plant and animal life
- related to different systems including tundra, marshes and rainforests.
- Mountains, Rivers & Deserts
- Formation ecology and importance of mountains (including erosion, volcanoes etc), formation & types of rivers, catchments, dams, deserts and their ecology, etc.
- Shallow Waters
- Shore lines, coral reefs, intermediate reefs, estuaries, sandy shores, etc.
- Ecological Problems
- The Greenhouse Effect, The Ozone Layer, Poisons & Waste Materials
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
- To identify the components of an ecosystem and how they interact.
- Discuss the basis of the Theory of Evolution and those elements of science which influenced the theory.
- To discuss the existence of animals in the ecosystem.
- To discuss the presence of plant life in a range of ecological situations
- To discuss the ecological features of mountains, rivers and deserts.
- To discuss the ecological features of shallow water regions and coral seas.
- To discuss the ecological implications of human activities on the environment.