Ecology is the study of the relationship between plants and animals and their physical and biological environments. It plays a vital role in conservation and natural resource management, as well as climatological, human and urban interactions in today’s changing world. This course is ideal for those working in horticulture, agriculture, conservation or environmental management or those involved in the education or research areas of this science.
The Certificate of Ecology is an online program that will teach you about how plants and animals are affected by each other and their environment, and the impacts animals and plants have on the environments they inhabit.
In this professional development course, you will explore the components of ecosystems and how they interact, and the Theory of Evolution, including the elements of science that influence the theory.
You will also study the ecological features of mountains, rivers, deserts, coral seas and shallow water regions, and the ecological implications of human activities on the environment.
On completion of this course, you will have a better understanding of the life processes of plants and animals and how they relate to and impact natural environments.
Introduction to Ecology
Unit 1 – Ecosystems and populations
Types of ecology:
Community and ecosystem ecology
Ecosystems (energy and nutrients)
The food web
Populations: diversity, habitat, niche, and growth rates
Interactions in the community: competition and predation
Succession and climax communities
Unit 2 – The Development of life
Evolutionary considerations on lifespan
Theories on the limits of lifespan
Evolution: what evolution means
Evidence of organic evolution
The anatomical and physiological argument
The paleontological argument
The embryological argument
Steps in organic evolution
The evolution of sex
The origin of vertebrates: the emergence of man
Factors in organic evolution
Germ cells and variations
The synthetic theory
Present day evolutionary debate
Human evolution and evolutionary patterns
Unit 3 – Animals, parasites and endangered species
Animals in the ecosystem
Animals in the human community
Phylum and classes of the animal kingdom
Summary of phyla: the parazoa, the mesozoa, the radiata, phylum coelenterata and phylum ctenophora
Endangered species: the causes of extinction and efforts for preservation
Case study (threatened animal species in Queensland, Australia
Unit 4 – Fungi, tundra, rainforests and marshlands
Types of fungi
The structure of fungi
The reproduction of fungi
The physiology of fungus
Poisoning by fungi
The ecology of fungus
The uses of fungi
The classification of fungi
Tundra: introduction, the climate and land formation, plant life on the tundra
Rainforests: the ecology
Creatures of the rainforest
Clearing the rainforest
Marshland: introduction, freshwater marshes and saltwater marshes
Unit 5 – Mountains, rivers and deserts
The formation of mountains
The importance of mountains, volcanoes and erosion
The formation of rivers, dams (ponds)
River catchments and urban catchments
Cleaning up stormwater
Damming of rivers
Deserts: wind systems and land formation
Plant adaptations to the desert
Animal adaptations to the desert
Human impacts on deserts and the spreading deserts
Unit 6 – Shallow Waters
Major natural processes occurring in coastal environments
Rocky shores: threats and what individuals can do
Sandy shores: threats
Types of coral reefs
Origin of coral reefs
Composition of coral reefs
Unit 7 – Ecological problems
The greenhouse effect
Climate change and growing awareness
International efforts to combat climate change
The actual and potential effects
Global temperature rise
Sea level rise and impacts on weather systems
Greenhouse gases (GHG)
Ozone: the ozone layer
The causes and effects of ozone depletion
Poisons in the home
Poisons on the farm (pesticides)
Environmental and health impacts of pesticides
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.
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Horticulture, wildlife and environmental management