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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions E Ecology ECOL
Ecology ECOL

Instruction offered by members of the Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science.

†Limited amounts of non-scheduled class time involvement will be required for these courses.

Senior Courses
Ecology 413       Field Course in Ecology
An examination of ecological principles and techniques through field exercises, including studies of terrestrial and aquatic populations, communities and ecosystems. The course is held at the Kananaskis Centre for Environmental Research in the two weeks immediately prior to the commencement of the Fall Term.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(140 hours)
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 313 and 315.
Notes:
A supplementary fee will be assessed to cover additional costs associated with this course.
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†Ecology 417       Aquatic Communities and Ecosystems
Community composition and dynamics at the various trophic levels of aquatic ecosystems. Temporal and spatial changes in community composition, physical and chemical conditions, and their effects on the ecosystem. There will be a full week-end field trip, normally during the first or second week of the term.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 313 and one of Biology 315 or Environmental Science 401.
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Ecology 419       Terrestrial Communities and Ecosystems
Processes and patterns in above- and below-ground terrestrial communities. Ecosystem level processes in fluxes of carbon and nutrients. Methods for assessing biomass, productivity and biochemical pathways.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 313 and one of Biology 315 or Environmental Science 401.
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Ecology 425       Quantitative Biology II
Quantitative analysis as applicable to ecological research. Methodologies and models will be presented and analyzed. Particular emphasis will be placed on experimental design, regression analysis, and the study of spatial dispersion.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 313 and 315.
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†Ecology 429       Ecology of Individuals
Ecological and evolutionary perspectives on physiology and behaviour. This course focuses on the influences on resource acquisition, maintenance, growth, and reproduction and their implications for survival and fertility.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 313 and 315.
Notes:
There is a week-end field trip scheduled after the start of classes.     
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Ecology 439       Ecology of Populations
A conceptual and practical treatment of population ecology including: population growth, demography, life histories, population dynamics, competition, predation and mutualism.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Ecology 425.
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Ecology 501       Ecological and Evolutionary Applications
A class project course in which students apply their understanding of ecological and evolutionary concepts and their analytical skills to investigate selected problems in detail. Project topics vary from year-to-year and will include fundamental and applied problems. Formal written and oral reports will be presented as a necessary component of the course.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(0-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Ecology 425, 429 and one of 417 or 419; and 75 units (12.5 full-course equivalents).
Notes:
Prior or concurrent completion of Biology 401, Ecology 419 and 439 are strongly recommended. Ecology 501 is intended to draw on experience gained throughout the Ecology program, and should be taken by students in the final year of the program.
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Ecology 507       Special Problems in Ecology
Independent research or reading project that may include seminars, lectures, term papers and training in theoretical and/or laboratory methods.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(0-8) or H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
54 units (9.0 full-course equivalents) and consent of the Department.
Notes:
Students completing a typical course sequence in their program would normally be eligible to enrol in their third or fourth year. After consultation with a departmental faculty member who will supervise the chosen problem, a permission form obtained from the department office or website must be signed by the course supervisor before a student can register.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Ecology 527       Ecology of Fishes
The ecology of fishes with an emphasis on freshwater systems. Fish will be used as models for examining ecological principles and theory at various levels of organization including physiological, behavioural, population and community ecology. Topics covered include: morphology, systematics, foraging, bioenergetics, life history strategies, population dynamics and the role of fish in aquatic food webs.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-1T)
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 313 and one of Ecology 417 or Zoology 477.02.
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Ecology 528       Independent Studies in Ecology
Original and independent thought, practical research and the completion of written and oral reports.
Course Hours:
6 units; F(0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
72 units (12 full-course equivalents) and consent of the Department.
Notes:
After consultation with a departmental faculty member who will supervise the chosen problem, a permission form obtained from the department office or website must be signed by the course supervisor before a student can register.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Ecology 529       Molecular Ecology and Evolution
Molecular Ecology utilizes population genetics, phylogenetics, and genomics to address questions in ecology, evolution, behaviour and conservation. Topics will include principal and emerging molecular techniques for characterizing and analyzing genetic variation to test quantitative predictions from ecological and evolutionary theory.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 311 and 313.
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Ecology 530       Honours Research Project in Ecology
Research project under the direction of one or more faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences. Formal written and oral reports must be presented on completion of this course. Open only to Honours Ecology students or Honours Biological Sciences students.
Course Hours:
6 units; F(0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
72 units (12 full-course equivalents) and consent of the Department.
Notes:
After consultation with a departmental faculty member who will supervise the chosen problem, a permission form obtained from the department office or website must be signed by the course supervisor before a student can register.
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Graduate Courses

Enrolment in any graduate course requires consent of the Department.

Only where appropriate to a student's program may graduate credit be received for courses numbered 500-599. 600-level courses are available with permission to undergraduate students in the final year of their programs.

Ecology 603       Advanced Behavioural Ecology
Current problems and recent research in areas of particular significance. Topics will vary from year-to-year.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Notes:
Offered during even-odd dated academic years.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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