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).


100%: Lecture


40%: Coursework (Essay)
60%: Examination (Distance examination)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: