Animal-Plant Interactions (C1110)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module will explore the ways in which animals and plants have co-evolved to produce current ecological relationships. It will cover: herbivory (including leaf/stem/root feeding, frugivory, seed and seedling predation); how plants respond to herbivory (chemical and physical defences); how herbivores respond to plant attributes (nutritional quality, architecture); indirect interactions (e.g. between insect herbivores, mediated through plants or parasitoids); pollination and seed/fruit dispersal; mutualisms (e.g. ant-plant interactions); impacts of herbivory on plants at the population and community level; and applied aspects (grazing management; herbivore pest control; conservation of interactions).

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: