ECOL06001 2008 INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

General Details

Full Title
INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
Transcript Title
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
Code
ECOL06001
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ECOL - Ecology
Department
HUMN - ART/SS/ID/REC/TOUR
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
10 - 10 Credits
Duration
UNKNOWN
Fee
Start Term
2008 - Full Academic Year 2008-09
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
James Hanrahan
Programme Membership
SG_HJOIN_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics SG_HJOIN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics
Description

To provide students with a basic knowledge of the theoretical and practical concepts of ecology and conservation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Understand, with the use of examples, the study of basic ecological interactions.

2.

Define and understand the basic idea of ‘biological diversity'.

3.

Examine man's interaction with the environment in both positive and negative terms.

4.

Discuss the progression of Ireland's natural heritage since the last glaciation.

5.

Identify and recount the natural history of one of Ireland's species of flora and one of fauna.

6.

Understand the reasons for conservation.

7.

Give a description of the development of the conservation movement.

8.

Identify and give working examples of conservation measures in Ireland and abroad.

9.

Demonstrate knowledge of the state bodies and Non Governmental Organisations involved in conservation in Ireland.

10.

Identify the major environmental legislation in relation to tourism.

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

1.   Introduction and definitions  

  • Define the ecosystem, the environment and ecology.
  • Summarise biological diversity or ‘biodiversity'.
  • Explain the background to conservation.
  • An overview of Ireland's environment.
  • Describe the relationship between the environment and tourism.

2.   Human interactions with the ecosystem

  • Where are humans placed in the ecosystem?
  • Give examples of ecological interactions that demonstrate the fragility of the ecosystem (e.g. myxomathosis in rabbits etc.).
  • What impacts do humans have on the ecosystem?
  • Do the general public think about the vulnerability of the ecosystem?

3.   Ireland's natural history

  • Describe the Irish environment 10,000 years ago.
  • Discussion of the prominent steps towards the formation of Ireland's landscape as we see it today.
  • The impact of tourism on the environment

4.   The life history of some Irish species of flora and fauna.

  • General introduction to the diversity of species in Ireland.
  • Detail the ecology of a selection of Irish species (Case study).

5.   Conservation

  • Description of the history of conservation.
  • Conservation in Ireland.
  • Issues facing conservation in Ireland.
  • "Conservation and Tourism- two polar opposites?"
  • The role of Government and NGO organisations in conservation.

6.   Legislation

  • Brief overview of the major environmental directives relevant to tourism, e.g. Freshwater Framework Directive, Habitats Directive etc.

Practical elements

  • Field study outings
  • Coastal location outing (possibly attended by a member of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG)) including a suitable code of conduct for whale and dolphin watching.
  • Case study of a National Park in County Mayo / Donegal including a visit to Ballycroy / Glenveagh / Connemara National Park.
  • Case study: Management plan for islands off the coast of Ireland regarding nest seabirds, wading birds and seals, i.e. prevention of rat introduction etc. Sustainable numbers of tourists to visit the island etc.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
UNKNOWN %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Report, Presentation and Exam Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 4 1,2,3
2 Presentation and Exam Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 End of year exam Final Exam UNKNOWN UNKNOWN % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Laboratory Practical Not Specified Field Work 2 Monthly 0.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Colinvaux A P (1973) Introduction to Ecology Wiley

Adams W (2004) Against Extinction, Earth scan.

Fennell A David, (2006) Ecotourism. An Introduction, Routledge, London and New York

Bramwell, B., and Lane, B., (2000) Tourism Collaboration and Partnerships, Aspects of Tourism, Channel View publications.

Department of the Environment, (1997) Sustainable Development, A Strategy for Ireland, Dublin.

European Commission Enterprise and Industry, (2007) Actions for More Sustainable European Tourism, Report of the Tourism Sustainability Group, European Commission

Hanrahan, J., (2006), Tourism planning in Ireland ‘An analysis of County Development Plans' Paper presented at 2nd Annual Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference: Waterford Institute of Technology.

Fennell, D, A., (2006) Tourism Ethics, AOT, Channel View Publications.

Hall, M., (2000) Tourism Planning. Policies, Processes and Relationships. Essex: Prentice Hall.

Wearing S and Neil J (2000) Ecotourism Impacts, potentials and possibilities

Butterworth & Heinemann

Martin Mowforth and Ian Munt (2003) Tourism and Sustainability, Routledge

Alister Mathieson and Geoffrey Wall (2006) Tourism Economic,Physical and Social Impacts, Longman Scientific and Technical

Peter Mason (2003) Tourism Impacts,Planning and Management

Butterworth, Heinmann

Page. S. (2006) Tourism Management, Butterwoth Heinemann.

Hall. Michael (2007) Understanding and Managing Tourism Impacts: An Integrated Approach (Paperback) Routledge; 1 edition

Akhtash Mallya (2008) Ecotourism and the Community Participation (Hardcover) Authors Press,India

Page, S.J., and Dowling, R.K., (2002) Ecotourism. Harlow: Prentice Hall.
Other Resources
On line journals: Journal of Ecotourism, Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Insights, Tourism Ireland "Contact", Tourism News (ITIC) and all Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland publications