Animal-Plant Interactions (C1110)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Explore the ways in which animals and plants have evolved to produce current positive and negative ecological interactions.

On this module, you’ll look at:

  • positive interactions such as mutualisms (pollination, seed dispersal, ant-plant interactions) and commensalisms
  • antagonistic interactions, including herbivory (including herbivore impacts and plant responses), frugivory, seed predation and carnivorous plants
  • indirect interactions (mediated through species or resources)
  • applied aspects (grazing management, control of herbivorous pest species, invasive species, trophic cascades, conservation of interactions, responses to environmental change).


81%: Lecture
19%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Essay)
60%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: