Life Sciences

Animal-Plant Interactions

Module code: C1110
Level 6
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar, Laboratory, Class
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

This module examines the impact of social, economic and technological transformations on people, the environment and ecology in the Tropics. A wide temporal perspective will be adopted incorporating historical perspectives, present day impacts and future scenarios. The module will also compare local and international perspectives on wildlife, ecotourism and environmental protection. You will cover, amongst other topics:

  • the continuing impact of colonisation
  • sustainability in marginal environments
  • the roles of indigenous environmental knowledge
  • intellectual property rights
  • and biotechnology.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of both positive and negative interactions between animals and plants, including the evolution of these interactions and, where appropriate, their applied significance
  • Comment upon and evaluate significant research developments that are taking place at the forefront of the field, setting them in the context of established knowledge
  • Critically appraise information and data from a range of sources, especially the primary literature, synthesise that information, and communicate in writing ideas, arguments and supporting or contrary evidence in a clear and logical manner