DDL-4204 Forest Ecosystem
Rhedir gan School of Natural Sciences
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Andy Smith
1. The purpose of the module is to present the occurrence and ecology of different forest types. Emphasis will be placed on forest biota and soils, and nutrient cycling and hydrology.
- The module will provide students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of specialist areas of forestry ecology, and to develop their independent learning and written communication skills.
World forest ecosystems, alpine, boreal and temperate forests, tropical moist and dryland forests. Forest soils, chemical and physical properties, soil formation and conservation. Carbon cycling in Forests. Forests in global carbon cycles. Nutrient cycling in forests.
This module will be taught by distance-learning in the format common to all distance-learning modules in SENRGY.
Module material will be supplied electronically in a module e-handbook. In addition to the module handbook material, the TALISaspire readinglist system will be used to provide guided reading materials. Further, the module will include discussion forums via Blackboard and formative self-assessments with model answers provided on submission. A substantial piece of assessment will be submitted at the end of the module and marked. Students will sit an examination at the end of the module; Students will be able to contact the module organiser by phone or email to seek guidance.
Essay. An essay that covers the fundamentals of the chosen topic, but is based mainly on material provided during the module, shows little evidence of supplementary reading and lacks originality. Examination. Correct answers to half of the compulsory short-answer questions and satisfactory answers to the chosen essay questions.
Essay. A reasonably well-argued essay showing good understanding and knowledge of the chosen topic, evidence of supplementary reading, and some original thought. Examination. Correct answers to three quarters of the compulsory short-answer questions and sound technical answers to the chosen essay questions.
Essay. A very well-argued essay showing excellent understanding and depth of knowledge of the chosen topic, evidence of substantial supplementary reading, and much original thought. Examination. Correct answers to nearly all of the compulsory short-answer questions and persuasive, cogent answers to the chosen essay questions.
Critically evaluate the extent and importance of forested ecosystems.
Show a comprehensive understanding of soil structure, formation and conservation.
Show a comprehensive understanding of the ecology of forest trees.
Show a comprehensive understanding of the role of forests in global carbon budgets and discuss the implications of climate change for forested ecosystems.
Show a comprehensive understanding of the importance and pathways of nutrient cycling.
Show a comprehensive understanding of the role of forests in catchment hydrology, and evaluate the hydrological implications of forest operations.
|Formative Assessment of Unit #1||0.00|
|Formative Assessment of Unit #2||0.00|
|Formative Assessment of Unit #3||0.00|
|Assessed essay on a topic selected from a list provided||60.00|
|End of module examination||40.00|
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
Online discussion forums
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
- Collect, analyse and interpret primary and/or secondary data using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques.
- Awareness of the concepts of spatial and temporal scale in understanding processes and relationships.
- Appreciation of the reciprocal nature of human-environmental relationships.
- Understand the provisional nature of information and appreciate competing and alternative explanations.
- Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/ddl-4204.html