University of Technology Sydney

91154 Ecology

6cp; This subject has on-campus laboratory practicals (3 hours), multiple off-campus field trips across the Sydney region (0.5 days) and weekly expert-led lectures (1.5 hours). Please check the Subject Manual for more information on class activities, including field trips.
Requisite(s): 91107 The Biosphere OR 91123 Nature and Evolution


Ecology is the study of the relationships between living species and the abiotic environment. Ecology also provides critical evidence on the benefits of functional ecosystems and how human communities can support Earth’s resources in ways that leave the environment healthy for future generations. In this subject, students learn how spatial and temporal variations in the biotic and abiotic attributes of environments determine variation in ecosystems across aquatic and terrestrial biomes.

This subject develops hands-on scientific skills that are vital for ecological careers across the globe. A broad cross-section of living organisms, ranging from plants to animal invertebrates and vertebrates, are used to illustrate complex ecological patterns and processes across the Australian landscape. During field trips to marine intertidal zones and forest ecosystems, and in follow-on on-campus practicals, students collect and explore their own scientific data to better understand the world around them.

This subject is an important link to a range of advanced studies that require both a deep understanding of ecological concepts as well as the ability to collect ecological data and apply ecological knowledge to manage and remediate environmental problems.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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